Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
California Gardener's Guide
The California Gardener's Guide, by Nan Sterman (Cool Springs, 2007), features 186 plants that thrive in the California climate and soil. Some are native, some are not, but all the plants contained in the book will thrive here in the Golden State. There are color photographs of each plant and useful information including site selection, planting, cultivation, and pests. Common names are provided as well as a zone map. This book would make a great gift for the gardener on your list.
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