Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates
Low-impact and beautiful gardens are an art form that begins by observing the natural landscape. Gardening in summer-dry climates requires a careful choice of plants that thrive in dry summers and wet winters. In the face of worldwide habitat loss, Pacific Coast gardeners move to reduce impacts on the water supply, sequester carbon, and sustain wildlife by creating gardens in concert with the summer-dry climate.
In the new book, Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates, landscape architect Nora Harlow and award-winning photographer Saxon Holt explain how plants adapt to the climate and how topography and climate relate. In this presentation, Saxon will share breathtaking photographs of plants and gardens, highlight East Bay garden favorites and touch on design considerations, invasive species, carbon sequestration, and maintenance. Come learn how this plant book can help to invigorate garden resiliency.
Saxon is a photojournalist who has spent more than 40 years exploring Kingdom Plantae and the fundamental importance of plants to the health of the planet. His work has been featured in diverse publications, from Architectural Digest and Pacific Horticulture magazine, to EBMUD’s award wining book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates. Saxon is also a Board member at Pacific Horticulture Society.
EBMUD Water Conservation Division staff will provide an update on EBMUD water supply and water conservation programs.
The event qualifies for CEU's from Irrigation Association, AWWA, ReScape CA, Master Gardeners, and QWEL.
For more information, contact Kristin.Bowman@ebmud.com, 510-717-8055.