Jules Evans, author, Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula and California Bird Life (University of California Press)

"In Gardening of California's Coast, Julie Monson shares a refined sense of gardening in coastal California that is informed and enriched by her travels - from Paris to Kyoto.  The wide-ranging essays in the collection cast an artistic eye on garden design, share a depth of knowledge about California flora, and lend specific guidance to plant selection and placement.  Clearly written and nicely illustrated, this attractive book will complement the bookshelf of any California gardener."


Wendy Johnson, author, Gardening at the Dragon's Gate (Bantam Books)

"Gardening on California's Coast melds mind and intimate love of nature into a wonderful and deeply personal book. Congratulations on this lovely collection of essays."


Margaret Graham, Mostly Natives Nursery

"Finally, a how-to book for gardeners on California's coast. For those who like to grow a variety of flora, from vegetables so flowering trees, Julie Monson's Gardening on California's Coast covers the bases in an easy to read style.  And, she never forgets that the true value of gardens is the joy they bring to our lives."


The Press Democrat, August 18, 2017

“After 19 years gardening in West Marin near Tomales Bay, Julie Monson has learned the joys of gardening near the sea. ... Monson shares what she’s learned, both in her own garden and through her travels, in a book, Gardening on California’s Coast, a guide for anyone intent on growing a great garden near the Pacific. While not a how-to book, it does suggest many coast-worthy plants and is sprinkled with advice on gardening techniques.”  See the full review here.


Marin Independent Journal, March 4, 2017

"Gardening on California’s Coast not only incorporates lessons that Monson, who became a Marin Master Gardener two years after starting her garden, but also design concepts from gardens here and abroad, and tips she shared with readers in columns she wrote for the Point Reyes Light and for the Marin Master Gardeners in the Marin Independent Journal."  See the full review here.


Point Reyes Light, February 23, 2017  

Gardening on California’s Coast spills over with beautiful images of familiar gardens and plants of this area.  The photographs are accompanied by clear, readable text strung certainly from its author’s critical mind and deep knowledge of the natural world, but also from her pleasure in family and travel and her ability to tell a tale.”  See the full review here.