Firescaping: Creating Fire-resistant landscapes, gardens,
and properties in California's diverse environments
Considered the most flammable state in the
US, California has a fire season that lasts eight months, with one in four residents as risk of encountering a wildfire. Since
1990, 53 lives and more than 12,000 structures have been lost in the State to wildfires, costing individuals, and local and
state economies millions of dollars.
describes what type of properties and landscapes are higher-risk, how to make a home more accessible to firefighters, and
what to do to minimize the chances of damage from a wildfire. It cover fire-resistant fencing and roofing materials, has tips
on using water efficiency, gives best methods for effectivevagetation removal, and provides a comprehensive plant lists and
fire protection as well as landscape and architecture experts have contributed to Firescaping, to make it a complete
and essential resource. Firescaping is a tool for landscape architects, landscapers, developers, community leaders,
and groups concerned about fire protection.
A Guide to Your Natives
was written for the Environmental Nature Center, in Newport Beach (1998). The Center is an integral part of the Newport/Mesa
School District and their natural history programs. The Guide describes the Center's 13 distinct plant communities, the
plants commonly found in those communities, and the Native American uses for the various plants. While it was the Center's
first guide, it has since been updated.
Ocean Friendly Gardens
The Surfrider Foundation, October 2009
The United States has a water problem, an oceans, rivers, and lakes problem. Our National treasures are polluted.
More likely than not, the decline in aquatic health is caused
by non-point source pollution, which is the aggregate effect of a community and the decisions they make. Homeowners and the
gardens they maintain are a significant part of this non-point pollution -- yet they do not have to be.
CPR will help those concerned about the Nation's waterways
by teaching them how to eliminate or clean the water running off residential landscapes. This book offers practical design
ideas, safe alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides; tips on increasing permeability and a comparison of surface
materials; construction diagrams for retention basins; and less toxic alternatives for common household chemicals.
A New Era of Gardening: A book on gardening for oxygen and a healthier
Garden Shed Productions, 2001
A New Era of Gardening is one of a kind: It is the only book
on gardening for oxygen.
A New Era proposes
a model of sustainability for residential landscapes based on the exchange of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and energy. The goal
is to enable gardeners to create landscapes that capture more carbon dioxide and energy. Sustainability is reached when the
carbon and energy harvested (though photosynthesis) is greater than the carbon dioxide released and energy used to install
and maintain the landscape.
A New Era explains
the processes of oxygen production, how easy it is to create a carbon-costly landscape, steps to create a beneficial landscape,
and an audit that can be used to test a landscape.
the last 150 years the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has leaped by 25% -- the effects of which are being felt
around the world. There has never been a better time, or greater need to start gardening for oxygen.