Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Garden Railway Society
The Bay Area Garden Railway Society is an organization consisting of over 500 families whose members are proud to say "We play with large scale trains in the garden." The BAGRS Web site includes products, membership information, a calendar of upcoming events, a newsletter, and useful links for railway enthusiasts. There are also some very nice photos of Bay Area railway gardens, and information on upcoming railway garden tours!
The Earth Moved
The Earth Moved, by Amy Stewart (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003; $23.95) is an amazing book about the remarkable achievements of earthworms. I found it fascinating. The author has followed the path of Darwin in his awe of this lowly creature, which, if I read correctly, is responsible for the civilization of mankind and the ecology of the planet.