AUTHOR EVENT – Nora Harlow & Saxon Holt – Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates

Join Napa Bookmine on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:00PM PDT for virtual author hour with authors Nora Harlow and Saxon Holt to discuss their just released book Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates. The authors will be joined by Henni Cohen, President of the Napa Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and Marcy Nielsen-Berruezo, a member of the UCCE Master Gardeners of Napa County.

Nora Harlow & Saxon Holt

ABOUT THE BOOK: Dry Summers? Wet Winters? This is Your Must-Have Guide.

Gardening in an area defined by arid summers and soggy winters can be challenging. But gardens can thrive in such conditions, and this definitive handbook shares the plants and practices that will help you succeed. Landscape architect Nora Harlow and award-winning photographer Saxon Holt explain how plants adapt to the climate and how topography and climate relate. A comprehensive plant directory provides details on each plant’s needs, and stunning photography shows how smart design can help address seasonal issues. It’s everything you need to create a flourishing summer-dry garden.


Nora Harlow is a landscape architect and gardener with wide-ranging experience in the summer-dry climates of California. She was assistant editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine for many years and supervisor of water conservation for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland, where she designed low-water landscapes for District facilities. She is the author of Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates of the Bay Area, co-editor of The Pacific Horticulture Book of Western Gardening, and co-editor of Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses.

Saxon Holt is a photojournalist who has spent more than 40 years exploring Kingdom Plantae and the fundamental importance of plants to the health of the planet. A lifelong gardener, he abandoned commercial photography when he discovered garden publishers and could no longer stay in a studio. His work has been featured in diverse publications, from Architectural Digest and Pacific Horticulture magazine, to Smithsonian and Money magazines.

This is a free event. If you are able, a donation of $5 is suggested to help us cover costs. To donate click here.

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