Gardening Resources

Landscape Design, Bay Friendly, Construction referrals, and other resources for your outdoor garden projects; from the desk of Patricia for you.

This is the website for John Jeavon’s organization Ecology Action of the Midpeninsula, which promotes the life-giving sustainable GROW BIOINTENSIVE ® method of organic horticulture.

This is a wonderful website for the wonderful Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center in Palo Alto. It is the retail arm of Ecology Action.

This is the Ecology Action’s online catalogue for untreated, open pollinated, seed of heirloom quality for vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, etc. They also sell books/videos, fine tools and basic organic gardening supplies.

An organization promoting healthy gardening practices to protect local watershed and the Bay. Many workshops are held throughout the year and at various sites in the Bay Area Organizations/Nurseries.

The U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden is a treasure and repository of plants from around the world. From the luscious entry garden to the various groups of plants from many different regions of the world, the garden is a delight!

A plant lover’s group! The California Horticultural Society is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together gardeners and garden professionals to share experiences. We meet the third Monday of the month at the S.F. County Fair Building in the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers organization. I am a certified member and national board member of this organization. It’s mission is to provide a forum for the advancement of the profession of landscape design.

This is the garden club I belong to. The monthly programs are outstanding and the members take their gardening seriously, while having fun. Everyone is welcome to come to the meetings and join a great bunch of gardeners.

Have to include this: my favorite nursery and the one my husband, Martin, works at! I spent my childhood just blocks from this nursery on the corner of San Pablo Ave., and Bancroft.

My second favorite nursery--with the most rare and wild plants imaginable. Annie specializes in rare and unusual annuals and perennials.

Licensed Landscape Contractors and Other Wonderful People:

My favorite licensed landscape contractor. We have worked together on many East Bay gardens and the results are always great!

This one is for all my Peninsula and South Bay friends. Sam Whitney is the best on your side of the bay. Check out his website!

Owner, Daniel Rivera, is a wonderful contractor that I have just had the pleasure of working with on a lovely Lafayette garden. He truly understands working with landscape designers and the homeowners needs. Craftsmanship excellent, gardens beautiful!

If you’re looking for a local (Oakland based) landscape maintenance service, this is for you.

If you need an interior designer I would highly recommend Chad DeWitt. I have collaborated with Chad on a couple of designs and its been a great experience. He does residential design and interiors. He was the interior designer for the latest Sunset Idea House.