Redwoods and Roses explores the special relationship California’s diverse peoples have shared with nature and the unique gardens and landscapes they have created over the years to nurture and enhance those bonds. From pre-colonial times to the Victorian era, California gardening expert Maureen Gilmer brings this garden history to life, showing how the gardens and landscapes were created and profiling the heirloom plants within them. But Redwoods and Roses is more than a book on gardening history. Here, the reader will discover how to recreate period designs in her own garden, from making a no-fuss adobe-look wall from the Mission era to finding heirloom plants for a cottage garden. Redwoods and Roses is a blend of natural history, California history, plants profiles, landscaping tips, and sensible garden advice, as well as an eloquent plea for the preservation of many remarkable plants.
Maureen Gilmer is a second generation Californian with over thirty years’ experience in arid climate gardening, landscape architecture and the environment. She’s published 18 books and countless magazine features on plants, design and wildfire in the west.Maureen has appeared on The View, The Early Show, Good Morning America, and was host and project designer for four seasons of Weekend Gardening, on the DIY Channel. Her newest books are focused on desert conditions and drought: Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert and Dry Times: The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening Without Wasting Water. She’s author of Palm Springs-Style Gardening now in its third printing. Maureen lives in the California desert north of Palm Springs where she’s rehabilitating an old cactus garden with her husband Jim