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The great thing about garden tours in cities like Palo Alto, Pasadena, and Portland is that you get to see so many more gardens than are on the official tour. Driving or walking down streets in garden-y neighborhoods (where the featured gardens are usually located) will reveal front gardens that owners have generously designed to be shared with passersby.

At a recent seminar cosponsored with the Garden Conservancy, in answer to a question about plants that might suit a new garden, I strongly urged a stroll through the immediate neighborhood to observe what seemed to be doing well. I gave, as a particular example, the city of Palo Alto, which I described as one of the great “garden cities” of the West Coast. One can walk through almost any neighborhood in town and be totally captivated by the diversity of front garden designs and plantings—gifts to the street and to the pedestrian. I added that I had hoped to feature the city’s streetside gardens in a future issue of Pacific Horticulture.

Listening intently in the audience was Demi Lathrop, who, inspired by my comment, offered to write that article. What began as a simple project to capture the garden-rich landscape of Palo Al...


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