North Bay Horticulture

Ellen Solomon, Certified Arborist,
Garden & Home Orchard Consultant

Recommended Links

Here are other informative websites relevant to farming and horticulture:

International Society of Arboriculture

Petaluma Bounty

California Native Plant Society

Daily Acts

San Francisco Botanical Garden

Recommended Books

Click on the book titles below to view their Amazon listing:

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

A Tucson family decides to move to the family farm in South Carolina and experience a year of buying locally or eating food from their farm. A biologist and popular novel writer, Barbara Kingsolver presents hard facts with lightness, style, and humor. She makes me want to give up bananas (because of the travel cost to the earth they excise, an "earth tax"), get a bicycle, and walk away from my car.

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery

For gardeners, the history of civilizations makes vivid sense seen from the viewpoint of the soil under their feet. In Dirt, David Montgomery, a geomorphologist and professor at Washington State University, reveals the rise and fall of civilizations through the story of soil, from the beginnings of humankind as we know it, to the Tigris Euphrates Valley, the Egyptian civilization, China, Europe and present day Americas.

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Maybe an even longer timescale, extending before and beyond the presence of humankind on the earth. Alan Weisman, in undeniably beautiful prose, describes the unbelievable and the unthinkable, including the last remnant of old growth forest in Europe. And here is Manhattan's Central Park before and after we, the remakers of landscapes, arrived and left. (Originally, it was a tidal marsh). Let us say it makes good science fiction, but could it be true?

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate by Wendy Johnson

For vulnerable gardeners seeking to instill in their souls the willingness to live and work in a world where terrible things are foreseen and continue to happen, may this book bring you hope and energy. Gardening at the dragon's gate, at the edge of consequential danger and pivotal opportunities, may we acknowledge the truth of our times and work together for the benefit of all beings.

The Wild Trees by Richard Preston

A true adventure story of discovery in the high canopy of the tallest trees, the coast redwoods, and between there and the ground. A group of young biologists, arborists, and climbers relentlessly pursuing their dream of finding the tallest tree, discover unknown realms in the high canopy.

The Home Orchard by Chuck Ingels,

Developed especially for use by backyard orchardists, rare fruit growers, and small-scale growers, The Home Orchard offers a comprehensive look at standard growing methods, as well as some innovative practices that enthusiasts have developed in recent years, some of which are uniquely suited to the small-scale grower.

Guide to Pruning by Cass Turnbull.

Nothing about pruning is obvious; in fact, most of it is downright counterintuitive, says expert Cass Turnbull. This second edition of her definitive illustrated guide adds 40 percent new material, with more coverage of different kinds of trees, shrubs, and ground covers and how to prune them for health and aesthetics.