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Speaking Out

Speaking Out

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.” Thomas Jefferson – Notes on Virginia I did not March yesterday.  Every woman I know, who could get out of bed, marched in solidarity and protest against the impending train wreck of the Donald Trump presidency. From all reports it seems every city and small town in America, and many across the globe staged marches.  Even in tiny Sonoma, my wife Mary ... Read More »

Disturbance at The Sea Ranch

Disturbance at The Sea Ranch

The Sea Ranch is legendary in the annals of California Coastal development.  In the early 1960’s, ten miles of the Sonoma Coast was designated for development, in an era before there was any regulatory agency overseeing coastal development. Now, and as a result of such development, the California Coastal Commission has clamped down on every permit. Yet, despite the hundreds of homes built and thousands of lots,... Read More »

The Beauty of Natives

The Beauty of Natives

  As a professional garden photographer for more than 25 years, I have seen all sorts of gardens and have learned a lot from many expert gardeners, designers, and plant geeks. California native plant gardens are absolutely the hardest to photograph, though they are my favorite.  The reason for both is the same – they are so hard to find. I am thrilled when I find a photogenic one because I know it to be an... Read More »

Lawn Reform

Lawn Reform

I am a member of the Lawn Reform Coalition, a group of garden designers and environmental advovates who are promoting new ways to think about the American fetish for lawns.  Since my own particular advocacy is for sustainability, and most recently, meadow gardening specifically, I thus welcome the opportunity to be a part of this group. I hope you will allow me a bit of personal pontificating about the idea of lawn r... Read More »