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The Southern California Native Flower Garden

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Landscape architect Susan Van Atta has established a reputation for creating beautiful, sustainable, and award-winning landscapes through her office in Santa Barbara.  She has been a featured speaker at two of Pacific Horticulture's Gardening Under Mediterranean Skies symposia, and one of her gardens was included on the tour for the seventh edition in Santa Barbara last fall.

Her great passion has been the native plants of California, which make up a significant portion of the landscape palette of her office's work. As a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she was fortunate to study under Dr Robert Haller, whose reputation for opening the eyes of his students to the beauty of the state's native flora is legendary.

This jewel of a book presents 164 of the best California native plants for use in the garden or landscape. The selection of plants was made based upon Van Atta's experiences with them in Southern California landscapes, and upon their availability in nurseries. Nearly all, however, are useful and valued plants in Northern California gardens as well.

Van Atta opens the book with a thoughtful essay on the beauty, value, and use of California's na...

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