Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2003
Regional Report

Books

Reinvent Your Garden
Reinvent Your Garden (Sunset Publishing, 2003; $19.95) is to gardens what redecorating is to homes. It provides color illustrations and photographs that illustrate how to update your garden. The ideas are fresh and are the perfect thing for new homeowners who have just bought an older home or for people who have lived in the same house for many years. There are instructions for pruning old shrubs to take on a new shape, designs for stencils, planting and building plans, and inventive ideas such as painting the trunks of camellias blue to enhance their sculptural effect. This is a beautiful book with good information, but then we never expect any less from Sunset!

Shows & Events

Strybing Art Exhibit
"Culinary Herbs and Plants from Around the World" is a collection of original gouache and watercolor paintings by Gianna Marino on exhibition at the Strybing Arboretum. The artist combines an observant eye, a traveler's heart and a native San Franciscan's love of good food to create this appealing exhibit. Marino's paintings explore the fine details of a plant's structure and reveal the intricate flow of the veins of a leaf, or the twisted facing direction of a flower. "As an artist, I am interested in 'seeing' a plant, watching it for a long period of time as I draw it, and uncovering more and more layers...." explains Marino. The result is a collection of engaging artwork that goes beyond scientific illustration. The exhibit is in the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, and is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, from July 1 through September 30, 2003. Admission is free.

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