Where on Earth: A Guide to Specialty Nurseries and Gardens in California

The statewide gardening guide—in a revised and updated fifth edition

Ever since its initial publication in 1993, this guide to California’s specialty plant nurseries has been an invaluable tool for gardeners and landscapers, and it is now available in an expanded and completely revised edition. Organized by geographic region, each listing provides essential information, including address, contact information, hours, plant offerings, and a detailed description of the facility and its owners. In addition to featuring specialty nurseries, Where on Earth catalogs notable garden centers, plant societies, education programs, and horticultural attractions throughout the state, as well as mail-order sources for bulbs, seeds, and rhizomes. The coauthors also include twelve essays, one for each region, that address that area’s special features and gardening concerns. Whether you’re searching for antique roses on the foggy North Coast, water-wise succulents and native shrubs around Los Angeles, or a palm doctor for your sickly cycads in the Central Valley, this book gives current, detailed advice for plant lovers to see, shop, and savor.

About the Authors

Nancy Conner has been fascinated by coastal California horticulture since she arrived here in the early 1960s. A graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford University, she was a docent at Strybing Arboretum in the late 1970s. She cofounded the San Francisco Landscape Garden Show and was instrumental in its organization for the twelve years it was managed by Friends of Recreation and Parks in San Francisco. She has long been active in the cause for parks, serving on the boards of both the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the Presidio Trust. Her pet park projects include restoring the Conservatory of Flowers and building the underground garage in Golden Gate Park. She gardens in Inverness.
Demi Bowles Lathrop learned to garden as a young girl alongside her grandmothers and mother and carries on the tradition. Since she arrived here and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English Literature from University of California, Berkeley, her passion for gardening in California has grown. She has been a Certified Master Gardener and a contributing garden writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and Pacific Horticulture magazine. She has served as judge at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show and as editor and contributor to various arts, design, and literary publications. HGTV’s Gardening by the Yard featured her and her garden on a segment. In the garden community, she served on the boards of the Late Show Gardens and California Horticulture Society. She lives with her husband and children in San Francisco, where she writes and gardens.
Barbara Stevens has a proven passion for plants. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she has been very involved with the Strybing Arboretum Society and has served on its board. She was a cofounder of the San Francisco Landscape Garden Show and was its horticultural chair for twelve years. She is an active member of the California Native Plant Society, Marin and San Francisco Chapters; the California Horticultural Society; the North American Rock Garden Society; the Hardy Plant Society; and the San Francisco Parks Alliance. She has visited botanic gardens all over the world, traveling to China with the Alpine Garden Society and to Turkey, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, and New Zealand with the International Dendrology Society. She swims and gardens in San Francisco.