Nature holds the key to our success in the garden. Photo: Lorene Edwards Forkner

Nature holds the key to our success in the garden. Photo: Lorene Edwards Forkner

Perhaps more than most, gardeners recognize the wisdom of nature. Only an understanding and healthy respect for her immutable laws allows us to claim even a small measure of success in whatever plot we tend. You could say this issue is about the interface of beautiful landscapes with science and nature. I prefer the term re-wilding: making room in our gardens and our lives for all living things we share space with on this increasingly crowded planet.

We like to characterize Pacific Horticulture readers as passionate gardeners and curious naturalists—real people creating authentic gardens, respectful of resources, and always with an eye for beauty. So what do pollinators, zip lines, urban planning, and climate classification all have in common? Read on.

You’ll meet architects and city planners recognizing the value of sunlight and green spaces, a gregarious family fostering engagement with the outdoors, and the benefit and beauty of landscaping for birds and wildlife. Northern California organic flower farmers tend a crop we can bury our noses in without taint or fear of toxins, and a gracious and historical landscape showcases the benevolent climate and beautiful views the Bay Area is famous for.

It’s spring. As the days grow longer, so too does my list of plants to buy! Learn about California native buckwheat, wildflowers in downtown San Francisco, cloning champion trees, and a special Pacific Northwest sale for plant “nerds”—you know who you are! Act quickly to take advantage of our current Pacific Plant Promotion and get your hands on Melicytus crassifolius, a woody plant in the violet family native to New Zealand.