California Drought

Resources, information, and inspiration from Pacific Horticulture archives

For the first time in 15 years the entire state of California is suffering moderate to extreme drought conditions. Reports of the personal and economic impact on farmers, ranchers, and the people they usually hire are alarming. Consumers will feel the hit at the grocery store as shortages drive prices up.

Gardeners know water is the landscape’s lifeblood. Drought years also pose challenges for the entire nursery industry. Faced with water restrictions, surcharges, and unusually dry conditions, many gardeners struggle with whether to “take a year off” from investing time and resources in their personal landscape. Others would never even consider skipping the seasonal pleasures and satisfaction our gardens offer. We simply adapt and adjust our practices to work with—not against—current conditions.

We’ve gathered the following articles from our online archives; resources, information, and inspiration for California gardeners facing a difficult growing season and waterwise gardeners everywhere.

Dwarf kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos flavidus hybrids) Photo: Amanda Van DenBurgh

Dwarf kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos flavidus hybrids) Photo: Amanda Van DenBurgh

Nature endures. It is an adaptive, resilient, responsive, and flexible system—a dynamic dance between plants, animals, birds, and insects. And we’re all a part of that wild mix.

Wayne Roderick’s seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus‘Wayne Roderick’). Photograph by Saxon Holt

Wayne Roderick’s seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus‘Wayne Roderick’). Photograph by Saxon Holt