paper, 384 pp., $26.95
California has a wealth of native plants that make ideal additions to the garden. Trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs, grasses, and vines offer opportunities to the gardener to incorporate plants of proven hardiness for all situations and a connection with the natural heritage of California, a unique collection of habitats that attract not only wildlife but tourists. Author Katherine Greenberg revised and expanded on the popular first edition of this book, written by the late Marjorie Schmidt. The guide is a particularly practical work: it contains a section on gardening with native plants, a glossary, and an extensive listing of resources. The chapter on different habitats is particularly useful. This book is heavily illustrated with brilliant photographs as well as drawings by Beth D. Merrick for plant identification. This guide is destined to become a classic for gardeners and tourists who revel in California’s changing scenery.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden