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Los Altos Hills garden by Kathleen Craig. Photographs by RGT

While early autumn was relatively dry in the Pacific Northwest, the rains arrived earlier than usual in California—but not before the conclusion of another successful Gardening Under Mediterranean Skies symposium. The skies were, indeed, beautiful for the event in early October. Enthusiastic audiences at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum enjoyed two days of inspiring keynote presentations and practical workshops on gardening in harmony with our climate.

Palo Alto garden by Bernard Trainor

When we began these symposia in 1998, we hoped to foster a greater understanding of the uniqueness of the mediterranean climate, which distinguishes much of California and, in modified forms, the rest of the West Coast. By doing so, we hoped to encourage people to celebrate that uniqueness by creating gardens that as bold, colorful, and romantic as those found in the regions around the Mediterranean Basin. And gardens that se...

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