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Hunting wildflowers in eastern Washington. Photo: James Forkner

Sure, my smartphone is a communication device. But it’s also my portable notebook, a map in the wilderness, a camera that makes me look like I know what I’m doing, and even a contemporary iteration of an old-school transistor radio that keeps me company while I work in the garden. But I never thought it would allow me to take my garden library along on every hike and road trip.

Trained sycamores line the entry drive at Peju Province.

On a recent wine country vacation the California Gardens app led us to the whimsical plantings at Peju Province in the Napa Valley. Manipulating and contorting giant sycamores might not be for everyone, but the practice certainly has its roots in folk traditions: search the application for “Gilroy Gardens.” We were charmed by the quirky landscape just off Highway 29.

I once had a friend who declared herself to be a “woody person.” This was largely in relief of the rest of us who simply couldn’t get enough perennials to satisfy our lust ...

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