10/6/08

Pacific Horticulture, Fall 2008

The new issue of Pacific Horticulture came today. I'm obsessed with this publication.

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It comes quarterly, with the change of the seasons. There's nothing else like it for west coast gardeners. I read it from cover to cover, at least two or three times--including every single advertisement. (I'm not kidding.)

This current issue looks especially good.

There's an article about the fruit orchard restoration currently ongoing at Lotusland (and don't miss this web-only resource guide for low-chill fruit trees).

The Northwest Perennial Alliance has an article about its seed exchange.

I've had a visit to the Marin Art and Garden Center (MAGC, pronounced "magic") on my agenda ever since I took Charlotte Torgovitsky's butterfly class, and now here's an article to remind me of that.

And Ms. Torgovitsky herself chimes in with a five-page article about California's wildflowers. I can't wait to read it.

There are two articles about cyclamen to support the cover image.

The Ruth Risdon Storer Garden at UC Davis is discussed. We visited that garden, here.

A 900-sq. ft., private garden in Eugene, Oregon designed and planted five years ago is visited by the designers and talked about in detail. The pictures of it are sexy as hell.

I've been fascinated by witch hazels since I started gardening a few years ago, but they're rarely seen in California. How happy I am to read this issue's six-page article about good west coast witch hazels!

Every issue has several book reviews. Reviewed this month: HORTUS Revisited: A Twenty-first Birthday Anthology, Cacti, Avaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada, Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh: Plants of the Bible and the Quran, Tea Roses: Old Roses for Warm Gardens, Hardy Succulents: Tough Plants for Every Climate, Impatiens: The Vibrant World of Busy Lizzies, Balsams, and Touch-Me-Nots, Introduction to Fire in California, and a new, expanded edition of Graham Duncan's Grow Clivias (not available from Amazon; look for it here).

A new column in every issue of Pacific Horticulture called Garden Allies discusses select bugs. This issue the subject is wandering and hunting spiders. (Erm, ick.)

I always look forward to reading UC Berkeley plant pathologist Robert Raabe's rundown of recent scientific literature relevant to gardeners.

And then there's the calendar that lists hundreds of major horticulture to-do's up and down the west coast...

Sigh! Anyhow, that's Pacific Horticulture. I still haven't even read the last issue of Fremontia, the Journal of the California Native Plant Society, a special issue featuring eight of Califonia's major native plant gardens...

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5 comments:

Nicole said...

That looks like a useful publication for me, too, given the similar climate and issues (low rainfall, coast. I love all the fresh ideas that come out of CA.

JvA said...

I received Garden Design yesterday. The last couple issues have hardly had any plants in them at all. Have you noticed that too?

lisa said...

I'm obsessed with the cover of that publication! Looks like cyclamen and a nice brown sedge...*sigh*! Seriously, that magazine sounds really informative...is there a midwest version?

Chloe Marguerite said...

chuck b,

Thanks for the mention of Seedhunt! I am so excited to find them - got my list all filled out.

Most anticipated is Nicotiana Glutinosa - it's so charming.

Chloe M.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Soooooo not fair. A great place to grow plants AND good hort literature, too?! :-P Darn lucky Californians! lol.