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Shaping New Gardens in a Challenging Environment

Articles: Shaping New Gardens in a Challenging Environment

California Coastal Range with oak trees near Novato, California. Photo: Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic.com

Over a particularly rainy (!!) weekend this past October around 200 horticulturists, designers, working gardeners, and avid plantspeople gathered in Santa Rosa, California to explore new ideas and approaches to creating beautiful resilient landscapes. We called the event Summit 2016: Shaping a New Garden in a Challenging Environment. Our program featured some of our country’s most forward-thinking speakers who discussed the benefits of creating landscapes that take local geography and natural systems into account. (Find out more about Summit 2016 speakers here.)

Photo: Saxon Holt/Photobotanic.com

Gardens are powerful. Green spaces offset heat island effects, help manage storm water during the rainy season, and provide habitat for wildlife. While this is true of any weedy lot or wild space, gardeners show us how to make these hardworking pieces of nature beautiful. So much so in fact that others will want what we’ve got. And so ideas,...

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