Kathleen Brenzel, Garden Editor of Sunset, talks garden design & the new Sunset Western Garden Book

By on May 24, 2012

Tricia talks with Kathleen Brenzel at the 2012 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

We had a chance to sit down with the Garden Editor of Sunset magazine at the 2012 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Kathleen Brenzel has vast experience with Western gardens and she spoke with Tricia in a video interview about low-budget, high-style garden design—and the breakthrough features of the new Sunset Western Garden Book, which Kathleen edited.

Sunset supports repurposing materials in gardens. They gave the Sunset Western Living Award at the San Francisco show to the Windows garden by McKenna Landscaping—full of recycled windows, wood, and metal. Edibles are front and center at Sunset’s own gardens and in the award-winning show garden as well.

Waterwise Plant List
Both Sunset magazine and their garden books have an emphasis on sustainability. Edible gardens, plants that attract beneficial insects, native plants, and drought-tolerant plants for low-water landscapes are the themes that sound over and over.

Color Photos for Every Plant Genus
The new edition of the Sunset Western Garden Book is packed with photos. Long gone are the line drawings of plants; now each plant group has color photographs, to make it easier for gardeners to identify the plants in their gardens and at the nurseries.

Cover of the Sunset Western Garden Book
The water-resistant book covers will be a boon to gardeners who carry “the Bible of Western gardening” everywhere—especially when they’re out planting.

The opening pages of the new edition look like a gardening magazine, with inspiring photos of sustainable gardens in all parts of the West. Sunset’s own gardens at their Menlo Park headquarters are strictly organic. Non-organic fertilizers, weed and pest controls were phased out years ago.

We were honored to meet with the longtime Garden Editor of Sunset, and know that you’ll enjoy hearing her thoughts about gardening in the 21st century.


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