top: it seems all the flowers on this sloping meadow lean in to admire Verbascum olympicum, Hillsborough.

above: pink Oenothera and lavender Nepeta soften a collection of succulents, Ashbury Heights.

below: a friendly rivalry between clusters of purple verbena and trumpets of orange-red epilobium waken a late summer sidewalk bed, Duboce Triangle.

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December 2018

*I'm pleased to announce the possibility of rain delays.

Would you like to explore a more natural approach to garden design, one that values plants, not as yard decorations but as food for bees, butterflies, birds and the soul? Would you like your garden to reflect and harmonize with this unique part of the world?

If so, you've come to the right place.

My goal is to artfully bring Nature into your garden, in a way that respects the Earth in general, and the Bay Area specifically. I welcome you to sit in front of a large computer screen and wander about the Garden Together site for some inspiration.

Roundup on trial update. in August a jury demanded Monsanto pay Dewayne Johnson $289m for its role in causing his terminal cancer. In October a judge sharply reduced the amount to $39 million. More cases are on the way, including one in Alemeda that may be heard as soon as December.

If that doesn't work, maybe a manatee can convince you to go organic. Scientists have discovered that most marine mammals have lost the ability to encode an enzyme named paraoxonase, which breaks down toxic chemicals found in commonly used pesticides.

Garden Together's new section seeds has a growing list of the gardens I visited since 2016, including Sissinghurst and Great Dixter in Britain, and California's Western Hills ... in the same section you can also find California Cottage, the first of my essays on gardening (below are two visual examples of the essay).

every day*- San Francisco Botanical Garden Arbor - 10AM to 4PM... The weather postponed Strybing's End of Season sale, and even on its last try, rain prevailed for most of the selling time. But fear not, the Arbor, near the main entrance and next to the bookstore, continues to sell plants every day of the week. *While the Arboretum is having a Free Day on Tuesday, December 25th, I don't know if the bookstore and Arbor will be open.

every Saturday (except 12/29) - Regional Parks Botanic Garden - 10:30... The Wayne Roderick Lectures are a free series of public lectures on plant related topics. These take place all the way through February, with the last lecture on March 2nd.

'California Cottage' incorporates a palette of drought tolerant plants, mixing compatible annuals, various California natives, succulents, grasses and select perennials. above: bold horizontal leaves of helianthus quietly anchor this airy July mix of scabiosa and verbena, Duboce Triangle. below: this Napa yard unfolds in abundant layers as the seasons progress. This photo was taken in June of 2015. (photo credit: Jeff Herwatt)

Nature continues to hand us bold reminders that we are stewards of this planet; that our actions have an impact. What kind of impact we make stems from the sum of our choices. Keep choosing well, and allow me to offer my suggestions.

Dean Ouellette 415-820-1623