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The author’s Gardening With Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest was published recently by University of Washington Press. In it he deals more fully with the plants of the region covered here, and with those of the region east of the Cascade Range. The book is reviewed in this issue.
A benign, temperate climate extends along our botanically rich Pacific Coast from the San Francisco Bay Area to southwestern British Columbia. The many gardens throughout this vast stretch of land play host to plants of many lands. The best of plants from the Orient, Europe, and other faraway places luxuriate in gardens of our coastal belt. Yet just beyond the confines of our Pacific Northwest gardens, there are many wildlings of forest, rock outcrop, prairie and seacoast that can bring added charm and color to the cultivated spaces nearby.

It would take many chapters to do this native treasure justice. Rather, I shall draw upon a few gems from this horticultural bounty of natives to tempt the gardener. Some will be well known to specialists in natives, but most will be making their debut in the mainstream of garden literature.

The territory in which this largely untapped treasure resides incl...

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