Wednesday, October 27, 2021 — 7:30 pm
Speaker: Saxon Holt
Our Bay Area climate, with its dry summers and soggy winters, can be challenging for gardeners. But it’s not just dry or soggy; there are local variations that matter in choosing garden plants. Yes, our summers are mostly dry, but how dry and for how long? Our winters are usually wet, but what about infrequent heavy rainstorms? Does fog moderate local summer temperatures? Do winter temperatures drop below freezing?
Saxon Holt will explain how understanding your own local climate and selecting plants that are well suited to it are the first steps toward creating a thriving, largely self-sustaining garden that connects with and supports the natural world. You can choose plants that sustain local and regional biodiversity, take little from the earth that is not returned, and welcome and accommodate the presence of wildlife.
Saxon Holt is a lifelong gardener and an award-winning photographer with a distinct vision and understanding of plants and landscapes. He is the author, co-author, and/or photographer of a number of books, most recently Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates with Nora Harlow. His work and his books increasingly focus on the relationship between gardens and the land, seeking a sustainable aesthetic that can enhance both the gardener and the earth: Garden Earth.
Our CNPS East Bay speaker programs will be presented as online meetings until it is once again safe to gather in person. If you have questions, contact Sue at email@example.com.