Private Gardens of the Bay Area

Private Gardens of the Bay Area

Garden of Lori & Deke Hunter, designed by Denler Hobart Gardens, LLC. Photo: Marion Brenner


Thu, Nov 2 
3:00 PM

The San Francisco Bay Area is a gardener’s paradise, with no off-season and the opportunity to grow almost anything a plant lover’s heart desires. Join us for a special conversation with the authors of a new book, the photographer, and a special guest for a conversation about outstanding Bay Area gardens.

In Private Gardens of the Bay Area (October 2017, The Monacelli Press), seasoned garden writers Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner and landscape photographer Marion Brenner celebrate the different approaches to gardening in the Bay Area and illuminate the unrivalled beauty of Northern California—the breadth of the sky, the quality of the light, the sparkle of the Bay, the shapes of the hills—that has beckoned landscape designers and gardeners for generations.

The book is organized geographically—starting with the San Francisco Peninsula, moving north into San Francisco itself, crossing the Bay into Berkeley and Oakland, and finishing in Napa, Sonoma, and Marin—Private Gardens of the Bay Area features more than thirty-five private gardens. These gardens encompass an extraordinary range of micro-climates that foster the cultivation of a diverse range of plants.

Landscape designer Bernard Trainor will moderate a discussion with the book's authors and photographer. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

Date and Time
Thursday, November 2
3:00 p.m.

86 Canada Road
Woodside, CA

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Susan Lowry (left) and Nancy Berner (right) are a highly regarded garden-writing team, having collaborated on Gardens of the Garden State and Gardens of the Hudson Valley, as well as Garden Guide to New York City. Berner is a book editor and an editorial consultant for several non-profits. Lowry, a member of the board of directors of the Garden Conservancy, was a television journalist in Canada and the United States before changing fields and earning a diploma in landscape architecture. Together, they have lectured widely in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut on the subject of urban public gardens.

Marion Brenner
is acknowledged as one of today's leading landscape photographers. Her photographs are widely published in landscape and gardening media and she has documented the work of well-known designers including Andrea Cochran and Ron Lutsko. She is the photographer for Outstanding American Gardens: 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy and The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Special guest Bernard Trainor arrived in Northern California in 1995 and quickly fell in love with the land. He is the founding principal and design director of Bernard Trainor + Associates, a small studio based in Monterey. Drawing on thirty-five years of passionate commitment to the study and practice of landscape design, he is involved with his collaborative studio team on every landscape project from conception to completion. Throughout the years, he has completed four academic programs, practiced professionally in three countries, and continues to lecture extensively on landscape design throughout the world.

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