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Celebrate and recreate the beauty of The Ruth Bancroft Garden!

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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Johanna Silver

Johanna Silver is the Garden Editor at Sunset Magazine. She began at Sunset in 2008, managing the editorial test garden where she designed, built, and maintained small gardens for publication in the magazine. By 2009 she earned a prestigious James Beard award for her online contributions to Sunset's One Block Diet project, a garden-to-table experiment. Since joining the editorial team in 2010, she has teamed with the travel, food, and home departments, writing garden features and cover stories, and contributing to all of Sunset's outlets, including print, blog, video, and books. In 2016, she oversaw the creation of new editorial test gardens as part of the brand's historic move from Menlo Park to Oakland and Sonoma. Her collaborations helped earn Sunset The American Society of Magazine Editors' award for General Excellence in 2014, and a nomination again in 2015.

Johanna travels the Western United States covering trends in agriculture and gardening, from a surge in peony farming in Homer, Alaska to the front lines of landscape design in Los Angeles. She is a frequent lecturer on drought tolerant, container, and edible gardening for local organizations and at garden shows across the West. Her first book, The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden (Timber Press) is available everywhere books are sold.



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