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On-The-Road with the Sunset Western Garden Book

Articles: On-The-Road with the Sunset Western Garden Book

Walter Doty, former editor-in-chief of Sunset magazine (foreground), and the 1954 WGB team. Photo: Courtesy Sunset Magazine archives

In my first job out of college, I was lucky and proud to work on an upcoming edition of the Sunset Western Garden Book. In the works for more than five years, the book that was finally published in 1967 turned out to be a groundbreaking guide to the West’s exploding plant palette and its highly localized plant climates. The book went on to sell millions of copies in various editions, including the latest in spring 2012. [pullquote]The 1967 book was ahead of its time in the way it was produced—empirically and collaboratively. Today we’d call it crowd-sourcing.[/pullquote]

Sunset magazine’s garden editor Joe Williamson, who headed the book’s development (and also was deeply involved with Pacific Horticulture in its early days), hired me to help out with the book’s climate section. He said he hired me because I knew what UC soil mix was—an esoteric bit of knowledge among English majors and the only thing I had learned from a summer job of shoveling and lifting at a wholesale gro...

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