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A Vernal celebration

Posted on April 4, 2018
A Vernal celebration

Well, we made it through another winter. Late storms finally blessed us with a decent volume of moisture, but now it’s warm again.... Continue

The Sonoma Garden: Meet the All-in-One Almond tree

Posted on March 11, 2018
The Sonoma Garden: Meet the All-in-One Almond tree

The All-in-One almond tree (Prunus dulcis) is one of my favorite trees. I added three in my front yard just last year and I’m... Continue

Options for fruitless olive trees

Posted on January 27, 2018
Options for fruitless olive trees

Karen Boness | The Sonoma Garden — Olive trees (Olea europaea) are icons of the water wise garden in Northern California. They... Continue

How to make landscaping more fire safe

Posted on November 25, 2017
How to make landscaping more fire safe

Like most Sonoma residents fortunate enough to survive the October fires with an intact home and an un-burnt landscape, I’m re-evaluating... Continue

Top five trees for fall color

Posted on October 3, 2017
Top five trees for fall color

If you think your autumn garden looks a bit blah, now is the time to act. The soil is still warm. Plant transpiration rates are down... Continue

Six reasons why I love my southern magnolia tree

Posted on August 18, 2017

I first met my first southern magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora) in a tree identification class through Oakland’s Merritt College a... Continue

The Sonoma Garden: Signs of troubled trees

Posted on July 28, 2017
The Sonoma Garden: Signs of troubled trees

By Karen Boness — I recently got a call from a woman who was very distressed about her Japanese maple trees. As she described... Continue

At peace in the garden

Posted on April 21, 2017
At peace in the garden

My latest writing theme focuses on the language of flowers or plant symbolism. In my first article I designed a little love garden.... Continue

Designing a Peace Garden

Posted on April 9, 2017
Designing a Peace Garden

Most of would agree that there is a lot more upset, misunderstanding, violence, and war in the world than we would like. It seems... Continue

How to make a ‘Love Garden’

Posted on March 11, 2017

Upon a good friend’s recommendation I recently read the book “The Language of Flowers: A Novel” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The novel... Continue