In the midst of last week's San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 2012, Sunset's garden editors and magazine warmly welcomed an intimate group of garden bloggers to their headquarters, test kitchen, and gardens.
Sunset's headquarters is located on a historical property which was originally part of an old spanish land grant. The subtle fawn-colored building was originally designed by famed architect, Cliff May in the early 1950's, and landscaped by Thomas Church. It is a stunning setting that evokes all the beauty and creativity that Sunset is known for.
As a special treat, Sunset Garden Editors, Kathy Brenzel, Julie Chai, Johanna Silver, along with Sunset Food Editor, Margo True, and her test kitchen staff welcomed us with a special breakfast to celebrate sneak peeks of exciting upcoming Sunset projects.
First, the celebration of the just-released, The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Sunset Western Garden Book). Second, a tasty and "oh so delicious" breakfast featuring recipes from the new The Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook: Fresh, Healthy Cooking from the Garden, soon to be released in April 2012. Third, Senior Editor, Julie Chai, spoke about the exciting new launch of the Sunset Western Garden Collection "of top performing plants for the Western gardener" available in local garden centers beginning in May 2012.
After our relaxing and informative breakfast, we were further treated to a tour of Sunset's beautiful grounds, and a peek at the test and project gardens that Associate Editor, Johanna Silver oversees. It couldn't have been a more memorable morning, and I was thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you Sunset.
The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Sunset Western Garden Book), edited by Senior Editor, Kathy Brenzel, is very user-friendly, completely revised and updated with over 2,000 beautiful color photographs and a 9,000 plant encyclopedia. The popular "Plant Finder" tool has also been updated and enhanced. It features many " handy design tools" to help with your individual microclimate, water conservation needs, sustainable interests, and creative garden projects.
I asked Kathy Brenzel at our breakfast, what she wanted readers to take away from reading and using this book. Brenzel replied, "One can garden anywhere creatively, such as a table top, on an urban roof top, or even vertically on a wall. Claim your space, and create a sense of place which calls to your soul."
Please share with a comment below, how Sunset's Western Garden Book has personally helped you in your garden. Five lucky commenters will be chosen, and will receive a copy of the latest, The New Sunset Western Garden Book 2012. Participants must be U.S. Residents. Be sure and provide an e-mail address for contacting. Deadline to post comments is Monday, April 9, 2012.
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks for participating. Enjoy your New Sunset Western Garden Book! Elaine Lewis from Covina, CA. Judy Sundermann from Santa Ana, CA. Heather Hazen from Leucadia, CA.