The Bold Dry Garden

The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons From the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Book - 2016 | First edition
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A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016

In the stunning pages of The Bold Dry Garden you’ll discover the history of the acclaimed garden along with the design principles and plant palette to create your own lush, low-water landscapes. 

“For those of you—and your numbers are growing—gardening in drought-stricken parts of the country, The Bold Dry Garden will quench your thirst for inspiration.” —New York Times Book Review

Ruth Bancroft is a dry gardening pioneer. Her lifelong love of plants led to the creation of one of the most acclaimed public gardens, The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California. The Bold Dry Garden offers unparalleled access to the garden and the extraordinary woman responsible for it. In its stunningly photographed pages, you’ll discover the history of the garden and the design principles and plant palette that make it unique. Packed with growing and maintenance tips, profiles of signature plants for a dry garden, and innovative design techniques, The Bold Dry Garden has everything you need to create a garden that is lush, waterwise, and welcoming. 

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Silver, a writer, editor, and garden designer, describes gardener Ruth Bancroft's dry garden in Walnut Creek, California, which has become of the most acclaimed public gardens in the US. She details Bancroft's life, the origins and design of the dry garden in the early 1970s, opening it to the public, its principles, key plants, and lessons learned from it. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781604696707
Branch Call Number: 635.9 SILVER
Characteristics: 235 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Nov 24, 2016

Fans of cacti and succulents will love this book. Learn about the creation of the Ruth Bancroft garden in California, and enjoy pages and pages of beautiful photography.


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