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“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” - Aristotle

“All gardeners know better than other gardeners.” - Chinese Proverb

“Nature writes. Gardeners edit.” - Roger B. Swain

“In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death.” - Sam Llewelyn

“The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” - George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Her Search for God, 1932

“On every stem, on every leaf,… and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“By the time one is eighty, it is said, there is no longer a tug of war in the garden with the May flowers hauling like mad against the claims of the other months. All is in balance and all is serene. The gardener is usually dead, of course.” – Henry Mitchell, The Essential Earthman, 1981

“I discovered that it is the journey itself that creates meaning, as those, such as gardeners, who live by the seasons come to see the future as always having hope around the corner.” - Tom Smit

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California Native Plant Society
California Invasive Plants Council
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Songbird Hospital
Hallberg Butterfly Gardens
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California Oak Foundation
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