Sunset Western Garden book is new again

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Today Sunset Western Garden book released its newest version.  See  It has more than 9000 plants.  It so amazing to see the variety of plants that are in the book.  For many years I have used Sunset as a wish book.  What you see there isn’t always available in the nurseries but you can read about the variety and enjoy the idea that there are plants such as these on earth with you.

Sunset has also reintroduced Plant Finder found at  It is a cool application that can be found on the web and there are applications for Iphone in a light for $.99 and a full for $2.99.

I really like it as an idea and may turn to it occasionally but will probably continue to use Monrovia’s( plant finder and my bible San Marcos Nursery (  Why?  Because when I am searching for plants I always want to specify plants that are available in the nurseries.  These two wholesale growers supply many of our Southern California plants.  I use other nurseries as well but when I am researching new possibilities these two nurseries have the best plant finder applications.

I will buy the newest Sunset book.  It is the bible of plants in the Western U.S.  While the USDA was revising their hardiness maps, Sunset has always had a more precise fix on the tolerances and climates in our area.

Hooray and thank you to the people that have recompiled our bible.  Thanks for keeping us current in the wonderful world of plants.

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  1. Marion Mitchell  June 30, 2012

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  2. Shelley Sparks  April 26, 2013

    Thanks so much. If you have any subjects you would like me to discuss, please feel free to let me know what you are interested in.

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