Garden Information Resources

Gail Fanning’s Information resources:

Gail Fanning writes a monthly column in the Sonoma County Gazette: Gail’s Garden. You can find her on the Gaz Extra! web site at:

Here is a list of Gail’s information resources:

Links to websites of interest to gardeners:
APLD: The Association of Professional Landscape Designers provides support and professional development for Landscape Designers and references for consumers seeking assistance with garden/landscape design.

National Trust preserves historic gardens and houses throughout the United Kingdom. Use their web site to plan your visits!
Recommended Books for the gardener:
Sunset Western Garden Book: the bible for every gardener: a wealth of information on every topic & plant.

Water Conserving Plants & Landscapes for the Bay Area: perfect for planning tough, low water use landscapes: published by East Bay Municipal Utility District

Dig This! Landscaping without a Backhoe or a Big Budget for Northern California and Beyond: by Kate Anchordoguy: written by a local landscape contractor, this book provides practical guidance for do-it-yourself gardeners.

The Pruner’s Bible by Steve Bradley: simple but complete instructions and great illustrations to guide you in pruning every plant in your garden.
Wonderful Gardens to visit in Northern California:

Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is a marvelous resource for viewing plants from all parts of the world which can grow happily in our climate. Don’t miss the Japanese Tea Garden next door!

Matanzas Creek Winery on Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa has a wonderful garden using many ornamental grasses (designed by Gary Ratway) and a great view over the lavender fields.

Sonoma Horticultural Garden in Sebastopol features amazing display gardens of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, clematis, and other shade plants too numerous to mention! Plan a visit in the spring and bring your picnic!

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in downtown Santa Rosa gives a fascinating look at the life and work of our most famous horticulturalist.

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