Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates


Regions defined by arid summers and soggy winters can be challenging for even the most experienced gardener. Summers are mostly dry, but how dry and for how long? Winters are usually wet, but what about infrequent heavy rainstorms? Do winter temperatures drop below freezing? All these questions and what to do about them are answered in Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates, from landscape architect Nora Harlow and award-winning photographer Saxon Holt.


Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates is the definitive handbook on the plants and practices needed to create a thriving summer-dry landscape. A comprehensive plant directory provides details on each plant’s needs, and stunning photography shows how smart design can help address seasonal issues. Harlow and Holt  also explain how plants adapt to the climate, how topography and climate relate, and how best to work with these conditions. At its core, Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates encourages gardeners to understand and work in harmony with their region. By choosing naturally occurring, climate-appropriate plants, gardeners can promote healthier ecosystems and make a difference from their own backyards.

Working with rather than against the summer dry climate means reducing impact on water supplies and creating spaces that attract and sustain wildlife. It means taking a step back, letting nature assert itself in the garden, and welcoming in the unique wildness of these special regions.

Order your own copy of Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates from The Shop today! You’ll also get a signed bookplate from the authors.

This event is co-sponsored by the Marin Garden Club.




Jan 28 2021


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


  • Saxon Holt
    Saxon Holt

    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.