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Selected Plants for Southern California Gardens

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What started, according to the editor’s preface, as a simple desire to find out what she could grow in her gopher-plagued garden in the San Fernando Valley, grew into an eight-year research project culminating in the publication of this encyclopedic book.

Joan Citron began with an earlier publication of the Southern California Horticultural Society; that publication listed all the plants brought by members and discussed at the monthly meetings from 1947 through 1984, with brief annotations on cultivation needs. She added the plants discussed at meetings from 1985 through 1998 then researched all of them fully in the many references noted in the bibliography. She reviewed her write-ups with knowledgeable individuals, both professional and amateur; among these were botanists, horticulturists, home gardeners, plant collectors, and nursery people. She visited public and private gardens to observe, firsthand, the plants included in the manuscript, to compare them and measure them. The result is a major work covering approximately 2,700 plants. In the preface, Citron traces her editorial journey in the development of the book; it is a model of how to produce a valuable and authoritati...

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