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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.
In California Gardener’s Handbook, beloved California gardening duo Bruce and Sharon Asakawa teach you how to plant, prune, water, and care for 350 plant species in the California climate.
has been active in the green industry, landscape design, and gardening communication for most of his life. He graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona, with a major in landscape architecture, then went on to develop and teach horticulture classes with the University of California Extension Program. During the early nineties, Bruce was asked to host the West Coast Garden Line
, the popular live call-in garden radio show that aired throughout California. Several years ago, the program became Garden Compass
with co-hosts Sharon Asakawa and John Bagnasco. Sharon Asakawa
began working in the family garden center business after marrying Bruce; together, they co-wrote California Gardener’s Guide
and California Gardening Rhythms
. She has organized and led international and national garden tours, becoming a garden editor in 2006. Sharon also joined John Bagnasco and Bryan Main to co-host GardenLife
, a national gardening and lifestyle radio talk show airing on Sundays. She doubles as the content producer for the GardenLife
website at www.gardenlife.com. Call in with your gardening questions at 1-866-606-TALK every Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m. PST.
Your one-stop source for all your questions about gardening in California! Bruce and Sharon Asakawa have combined more than 100 years of gardening expertise into the best resource for the varied climates and environmental challenges of gardening in California. Their plant list provides strength against the forces of nature and the stresses of everyday life. California Gardener’s Handbook features: * Twelve popular plant categories, including annuals and waterwise selections* Chapters on edible gardening including citrus, fruits, nuts, and vegetables* Extensive selection of beautiful tropical and sub-tropical plants* Twelve months of around-the-garden advice for each of the plant categories* Information on sustainable and environmentally sound gardening practices
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and her husband Bruce are, without question, the most highly respected gardening experts in California. Sharon has been part of the nursery industry for decades. She began working in their family gardening center shortly after marrying Bruce in the early 1960s. Ultimately, she was in charge of the floral department where she gained hands-on practical experience. As their business grew, Sharon and Bruce began leading garden tours to great locales around the world, helping introduce the garden travelers to notable gardens and plants. In addition to this book for Cool Springs Press, Sharon is the author or co-author of Bruce and Sharon Asakawa's California Gardener's Guide, California Gardener's Handbook, California Gardening Rhythms, Jackson and Perkins Beautiful Roses Made Easy, and Jackson and Perkins Selecting, Growing, and Combining Outstanding Perennials.She is also co-host of the nationally syndicated GardenLife Radio Show, which reaches 1.1 million listeners every weekend.
Bruce Asakawa has been active in the green industry, landscape design, and gardening communication for most of his life. He graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona, with a major in landscape architecture, then went on to develop and teach horticulture classes with the University of California Extension Program. During the early nineties, Bruce was asked to host the West Coast Garden Line, the popular live call-in garden radio show that aired throughout California. Several years ago, the program became Garden Compass with co-hosts Sharon Asakawa and John Bagnasco.
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