With over 100 years of combined gardening experience, renowned California horticulturalists Bruce and Sharon Asakawa bring you the perfect when-to, how-to, and what-to plant guide for gardening in the Golden State. Perhaps you've always entertained the idea of cultivating a garden in your California landscape, but have never quite known where to begin. Perhaps you've stood helplessly by as your once-beautiful calico flowers withered beneath the persistent western sun. Don't despair Fortunately, there's a specialized gardening guide to the rescue, tailored exclusively to the needs of California residents. In "California Gardener's Handbook," beloved California gardening duo Bruce and Sharon Asakawa walk you through 350 plant species destined to flourish amid the varied climates and environmental challenges of California. With the help of gorgeous photography and foolproof instructions, they'll teach you how to plant, prune, water, control pests, and care for your personal outdoor oasis. Fifteen plant categories give you hundreds of choices, letting you find the flora that best fit your microclimate. Even better, the Asakawas provide twelve full months of when-to advice for each plant category, allowing you to successfully enjoy this peaceful pastime all year round. Whether you're craving the sweetness of the dragon fruit or longing for the cheery visual splendor of the blue marguerite daisy, "California Gardener's Handbook" will equip you to confidently awaken your inner gardening enthusiast.
About the Author
Bruce is a Landscape Architect, an educator and co-host of the "Garden Compass," California's most popular syndicated gardening program. He has taught forticulture for years at the University of California San Diego extension program and has chaired the California Certified Nurseryman's program. A native San Diegan, he has also lived in Alburquerque, NM, Port Orchard, WA, and Yellow Springs, OH. Bruce and Sharon Asakawa have authored gardening articles for more than five decades. Their current California Gardener's Guide is in its fifth printing.
Sharon Asakawa began working in the family garden center business after she and Bruce married. Together they host the "Garden Compass," a syndicated radio program (heard twice-weekly throughout California), and share their knowledge in cooking, traveling and gardening for Garden Compass Magazine. They co-authored Bruce and Sharon Asakawa's California Gardener's Guide.