Pam Peirce

‘Tongue of Fire' Shell Beans
Photo by Pam Peirce


Upcoming Events

Pam lectures often on year-round gardening, small space gardening, climate and microclimate for gardeners, eating from a small garden, environmentally friendly pest management, wildly successful ornamental plants for Northern California gardens, learning to identify garden plants, and other topics.

Recent venues included the national convention of the Herb Society of America, the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, Pollinate Farm and Garden (in Oakland), Sloat Garden Center in SF, Kentfield, and Pleasant Hill, the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, several branches of the San Francisco Public Library, and training or enrichment programs for a couple of Bay Area Master Gardener programs.

Upcoming Public Events

Pam'a next scheduled public event is a talk on February 9th, 10:30-12;30, at Pollinate Farm and Garden in Oakland. The fee is $35.00 and preregistration is suggested as space is limited. The program is titled "Jumpstart Your Bay Area Vegetable Garden with Pam Peirce." She will be focused on the basic needs of vegetable crops and how to provide those needs in a year-round cycle in a Bay Area garden, showing some photos and giving special emphasis to soil preparation, water management, and using starts or seeds. The store sells Golden Gate Gardening. It's at 2727 Fruitvale Avenue, 510-686-3493,

On March 9, at 12 noon, Pam will give a free talk at Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda. Her topic will be how to get the most from a year-round small-space garden, with special attention to avoiding pests. Ploughshares is located at 2701 Main Street. Their phone number is 510-755-1102 and their web site is

Both talks will include tips for gardening in containers, will be useful to both beginners and advanced gardeners, and will allow time for your questions. Golden Gate Gardening will be available at both talks, and Pam will be happy to sign any purchased by audience members.


In addition to events relating to gardening, Pam has been taking part in events to publicize the book Ten Years that Shook the City: San Francisco, 1968-1978. She has written an essay in this anthology about her experiences as a writer and editor of Turnover Magazine, a publication on food issues connected to the People's Food System, a group of collectively run wholesale and retail food businesses. You can learn more about the book at http:/​/​​books.html.

In concert with publication of this book, a walking tour of the Mission District of San Francisco has been set up. There are stations where one can use a cell phone or a smartphone to hear recorded excerpts of essays from the book. Pam's reading is at 20th Street and Alabama, the former site of several Food System businesses. Guided tours are announced at http:/​/​​tours.html. For more information, you can also call 415-608-9035.

In June of 2012, the publisher of Ten Years that Shook the City: 1968-1978 was given an award by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. The award, which was for "Contribution to Publishing," was part of the 81st California Book Awards.

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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