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IN-STORE EVENT: Pam Peirce, Golden Gate Gardening

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - 7:00pm

FREE IN-STORE EVENT: Pam Peirce, bestselling author of Golden Gate Gardening: 30th Anniversary, 4th Edition, will give a presentation called Getting the Most from Your Small-Space Food Garden.

"For vegetable gardening in the Bay Area, Golden Gate Gardening is indispensable—if you buy one gardening book, this is the one. —Michael Pollan

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At this event, Pam will discuss "Getting the Most from Your Small-Space Food Garden." In this presentation, both beginners and experienced gardeners can learn how to get a small urban space to produce delicious food all year in our region’s climate. Drawing on her many years of local gardening experience, Pam Peirce will tell you how to use our gardening year, including special tips for protection from pests and growing food in containers. Bring your garden questions, too.

This fully revised 30th Anniversary edition of the ultimate food gardening bible for Central and Northern Californians includes updates that address changes in climate, crop availability and sources, and pest management strategies, and includes expanded help for inland, hot summer gardeners.

The gardening guide is beloved by both new and experienced gardeners for its friendly, practical advice on how to grow fresh produce all year long. Expert author Pam Peirce shows how to use the unique local conditions of climate, soil, and rainfall to grow both common and unusual vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, cut flowers, and fruit from trees and shrubs including berries, citrus and avocados for your kitchen garden.

This encyclopedic guide covers all the bases, including what to plant in every season, how to select varieties, assess a microclimate, organize a garden, manage pests and weeds safely and effectively, attract beneficial creatures, conserve water, improve soil, make compost, harvest wisely, and garden in containers. It includes delicious, seasonal garden-to-table recipes and an essay on learning to eat from a garden. Charts, sidebars, illustrations, maps, resource lists, and cross references make it easy for readers to find the information they need.

This vegetable gardening book will especially help readers in the San Francisco Bay Area and in California coastal areas from Humboldt County south to San Luis Obispo, as well as those in nearby mild-winter inland climates (including Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, Santa Clara, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties).

Pam Peirce is the author of Golden Gate Gardening, newly updated for its 30th Anniversary Edition. She is a San Francisco gardener, writer, photographer, and lecturer who taught horticulture at City College of San Francisco for nearly 30 years. Her gardening column ran in the SF Chronicle from 2006-2023. Her website,, links to her blog.