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California Drought 2

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Where water is missing, life is all but impossible. Where water is scarce, nature improvises.
“San Diego’s New Water Conservation Garden,” a story by Sandra Younger that ran in the July 2000 issue of Pacific Horticulture, opened with the above simple straightforward sentence. Possibly more than most, gardeners are keenly aware of the connection between water and life—a factor that determines a landscape’s ability to flourish or fail.

The water-wise garden with a sweep of Verbena lilacina ‘De la Mina’ in front of various lavenders and a bright penstemon. Photo: Susan Bouchez

In response to the historic drought conditions California is grappling with we’ve recently republished an excerpt of “Browning of the Greensward,” an essay by Russell A. Beatty that first appeared in the October 1977 issue.

“We have not really come to terms with living in the Mediterranean climate of California. Furthermore, we have become so detached form nature through dependency on modern technology that we have developed a lifestyle largely independent of the climate and the landscape.”

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