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Since 1998, Pacific Horticulture has hosted a series of symposia under the banner of Gardening Under Mediterranean Skies. In last October’s sixth edition, speakers Dave Fross, Russ Beatty, Ruth Chivers, and Bart O’Brien spoke of the exceptional beauty of our natural landscape and native flora, and of the potential for incorporating that flora in our gardens in ways that can reduce our drain on resources and connect our gardens to their setting.

Our symposium was an integral part of the four-day Annual General Meeting of the Mediterranean Garden Society. Throughout the weekend, and on post-meeting tours, attendees enjoyed visiting outstanding gardens designed by Bernard Trainor, Michelle Comeaux, David LeRoy, and others; a consistent thread of native plants linked these gardens to the region and the natural landscape. Because of the season, the gardens were seldom entirely green, but rather dominated by grays, tans, and golds, in harmony with the surrounding countryside. The autumn rains had not yet begun to green the hillsides.

Five weeks later, as our flight landed at San Francisco International Airport, the nearby hills were barely showing green—the result of the season’s f...


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