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ARCH 082 Readings & References

The following are required and recommended readings for ARCH 082.  Please look for annual updates and expansion.

Course Textbook

Norris Brenzel, K. (Ed.). (2012). The New Sunset Western Garden Book. New York: Time Home Entertainment, Inc.


Suggested additional references:

  • Baldwin, B.G., Goldman, D., Keil, D.J., Patterson, R., Rosatti, T.J., Wilken, D. (Eds.) (2012). The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California. Berkeley: University of California Press.

  • Bayton, R., Maughan, S. (2017). RHS Genealogy for Gardeners: Plant Families Explained and Explored. London: Mitchell Beazley.

  • Bayton, R. (2019). RHS The Gardener’s Botanical: An Encyclopedia of Latin Plant Names. London: Mitchell Beazley.

  • Dirr, M. (1990). Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Champaign: Stipes Publishing Co.

  • EBMUD (2004) Plants and Landscapes for Summer Dry Climates. Oakland: East Bay Municipal Utility District.

  • Perry, B. (2010). Landscape Plants for California Gardens. Claremont: Land Design Publishing.

Additional References

This is a partial list, but I have found the following sources most helpful for initial research.  Note: Do not rely on Wikipedia for your information.  Wikipedia is too general for plants in California, can have errors, and is not geared toward designers.  Similarly, Gardenia, Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder, North Carolina State University's Extension program called the Plant Toolbox are all fantastic places to find information; however, their information does not reflect conditions in California and therefore should be used with caution.  Always cross reference your out of state information.

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