Pam Peirce

Photo by David Goldberg

Starting March 1, 2015, I will be writing a monthly column for the SF Chronicle/​, as part of their "In the Garden" feature. It will appear on the first Sunday of each month in the Food + Home section and will include several short features each month, including Q&A, Book Reviews, events, and new or interesting plants.

You can still read an archive of Golden Gate Gardener, my former SF Chronicle/​, Q&A column. See the quick link to an archive of these columns on this website, in the lower right corner of each page (scroll down). I also encourage you to read Golden Gate Gardening and Wildly Successful Plants, both of which answer many a question I've been asked for the column.

To ask a question seeking an answer in my column, you use the form at the bottom of this page (but it won't accept photos), or you can ask it at home@​ (does accept photos). To be absolutely sure I see the question with a photo, send it to the Chronicle and send me a note through this web site that you have done so, so I can ask them about it. (Also, be aware that if you send me an email through this web site, your email address will not be in the header, so I won't know it unless you put it in the body of the message.)

Selected Works

This essay appears in the book Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978, Edited by Chris Carlsson with Lisa Ruth Elliott, City Lights Books, 2011.
For vegetable gardening in the Bay Area, Golden Gate Gardening is indispensable
—Michael Pollan
This book teaches successful ornamental gardening in Northern California through 50 easy heirloom California garden plants.
Newspaper Column and Articles
A gardening Q&A column that appeared in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle. Since March, 2015, a her Garden Almanac column began appearing monthly in the Food + Home section of the Sunday Chronicle on one Sunday of each month. Her recent columns and a selected archive of older columns are viewable at

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