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Since I began writing for The Press Democrat, I’ve seen a proliferation of nurseries, growth of farmers markets, spread of community gardens, an increasing preference for seeking out more garden-worthy native plants and an enthusiastic response for reducing and eliminating home lawns.

Not only am I changing the way I garden, but I trust that you are too, by admiring water-hungry species from a distance rather than in your home gardens and landscapes. Your feedback, for which I am most grateful, has indicated as much.

At the very least, I hope I’ve raised an awareness of the richness of our Mediterranean climate along with limits brought to our coast by the unstoppable influence of the Pacific Ocean.

Let me conclude with two of my favorite quotations on gardening:

From garden designer, John Brooks, who says we must get beyond “the paradox of slapping a preconceived notion upon any unwilling site — the English cottage garden in Arizona, for example — and manipulating the site to accommodate the design.”

From George Waters, past editor of Pacific Horticulture: “A successful landscape design demonstrates a sense of place — a recognition of the context of the site — and emerges from a respect for the site’s constraints as much as its opportunities.”

Happy Gardening!

Rosemary McCreary is a Sonoma County gardener, gardening teacher and author of “Tabletop Gardens.” Contact her at rosemarymccreary@gmail.com.

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