Johanna Silver

Johanna is a James Beard Award-winning author who writes mostly about plants and people. She is a contributing editor at Better Homes & Gardens, and her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Eating Well. Previously, Johanna spent ten years at Sunset Magazine. Her two books, The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden (Timber Press) and Growing Weed in the Garden: A No-Fuss, Seed-to-Stash Guide to Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation (Abrams) are available everywhere books are sold.

A Dream Come True on Butterfly Wings

Meet the biologist who's been on a six-year mission to recolonize the pipevine swallowtail butterfly, native to San Francisco, back to the city's Botanical Garden.

Ruth Bancroft, just before her 100th birthday, in her cactus and succulent garden in Walnut Creek.Ruth Bancroft, just before her 100th birthday, in her cactus and succulent garden in Walnut Creek.

Gardener of Earthly Delights

Ruth Bancroft’s carefully tended and much admired cactus and succulent garden in Walnut Creek became the late 109-year-old's legacy.

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