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Julia Morgan by Mark Anthony Wilson

Julia Morgan, America’s first truly independent female architect, left a legacy of more than 700 buildings, many in the Bay Area. Her work spanned five decades, and the total of her commissions was greater than any other major American architect, including Frank Lloyd Wright. In paperback at last, this beautiful book tells her remarkable story and is a perfect prelude to Julia Morgan 2012, a six-week statewide festival honoring the architect, which will be held this fall.
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781423636540
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Published: Gibbs Smith - March 1st, 2012

The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen

Will Allen is a hero to many, including me. Now a pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner, in 1993 Allen left his corporate job to take up farming in a poor Milwaukee neighborhood. He created Growing Power, Inc., which has become a national nonprofit that trains others around the country and the world in sustainable farming techniques that can be used in urban and rural areas. In his new book, Allen points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities.
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By Will Allen, Charles Wilson (With), Eric Schlosser (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781592407101
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Gotham Books - May 10th, 2012

California Native Gardening by Helen Popper

This is the first month-by-month guide to gardening with native plants in our beautiful state, which follows a unique, nontraditional seasonal rhythm. A great resource for both experienced and novice gardeners, it includes monthly tasks for growing, propagating, and maintaining plants, as well as inspiration for using natives in a wide variety of gardens, including formal, cottage, herb, and Japanese.
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780520265356
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Published: University of California Press - March 26th, 2012

The California Casa by Douglas Woods

This beautiful new book showcases my favorite architectural style: Spanish Colonial Revival. The distinctive stucco walls, recessed doors, courtyard gardens, colorful tiles, and wrought-iron work are on full display. “In The California Casa, Douglas Woods has authored a love letter of sorts to Spanish Colonial Revival. The book showcases several exceptional homes through more than 300 photographs, revealing the elements unique to the beloved architectural form.” —The Daily News     
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By Douglas Woods, Melba Levick (Photographs by), M. Brian Tichenor (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780847838493
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Published: Rizzoli - March 6th, 2012

What’s Wrong with My Plant? by Deardorff and Wadsworth

I don’t do so well with plants, so I was delighted to find this book. It outlines common ailments in a clear, straightforward way, with plenty of helpful color drawings for easy identification. It also provides simple solutions for almost every problem you can encounter. With this book, even the most inept gardener (like myself) can keep a plant alive!

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What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?): A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies (What’s Wrong Series) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780881929614
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Published: Timber Press - December 2nd, 2009

Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens

Water conservation is a huge issue--luckily for those who want to conserve, this book provides plenty of plants that are as beautiful as they are hardy. With a simple, colorful layout broken down by plant type, it’s easy to use, and full of special facts, related plants, and design ideas. Now, there’s no reason not to save some water and still have a stunning garden!

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781604691696
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Published: Timber Press - September 6th, 2011

Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

Here it is! The long-awaited home décor bible by the beloved design blogger and creator of Design*Sponge (the most popular design site on the Web), Grace Bonney! Filled to the brim with awesome ideas for your home—including 50 before-and-after makeovers by real people with limited time and realistic budgets—this book is a must-have for DIY and design fans.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781579654313
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Published: Artisan - September 6th, 2011

Home Ground by Dan Pearson

This is a lovely, informative, and beautiful book that is sure to inspire gardeners of every level. British landscape and garden designer Dan Pearson, author of numerous books and host of his own BBC series, excelled at designing his clients’ gardens but, as a city dweller, missed the daily wonders of tending to his own soil. This warm, personal book (which reminds me of Nigel Slater’s Tender) chronicles the renovation, planting, and nurturing of the new space he moves to just outside the heart of London. Home Ground is also filled with absolutely gorgeous photographs that capture both the grand vision and delicate beauty of Pearson’s garden. Highly recommended.

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ISBN: 9781840915372
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Conran - September 7th, 2011

Bernard Maybeck by Mark Wilson

The work of Bernard Maybeck, one of the Bay Area’s most iconic architects, is celebrated in this gorgeous new book. The warmth and elegance of his buildings, which include the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Berkeley, have influenced countless architects for more than four generations. Maybeck’s development of a nature-based design philosophy and his ability to balance historicism and modernity place him among the most important American architects of all time. This is the first comprehensive book on Maybeck in nearly 20 years, and it includes personal reflections of his family, old photos, drawings, and paintings both by and about Maybeck, and absolutely beautiful photographs of his buildings. A knockout.

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By Mark Wilson, Joel Puliatti (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781423611806
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Published: Gibbs Smith - August 1st, 2011

AHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers by the American Horticultural Society

A gorgeous guide to all the plants and flowers you could ever wonder about. The American Horticultural Society is a leading expert on the cultivation of plants, so this is just as full of thorough information as it is of pretty pictures. This fully revised edition is a great guide on how to grow, when to grow, and what to grow where. The new organization makes it easy to navigate and a pleasure to look at.

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ISBN: 9780756668570
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Published: DK - September 19th, 2011

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