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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

Wet winter garden tips

Posted on February 23, 2017

Standing water and slick conditions inhibit drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Heavy skies press down on us in a study of 50 shades... Continue

The Sonoma Garden: Nursery news

Posted on October 3, 2016
The Sonoma Garden: Nursery news

I stopped by Sonoma’s local retail nurseries last week to find out what is ready and in stock for your fall garden. Lydia Constantini,... Continue

Three more drought-tolerant bunch grasses

Posted on September 16, 2016
Three more drought-tolerant bunch grasses

I love bunch grasses. They are easy to care for, natural looking and come in a huge variety of colors and sizes. One of the best things... Continue