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150927-0855

This is the final post on this blog. As of today, we are just five days from moving in to our glorious new property in a quiet valley just north of Corvallis, Oregon. How exciting to be coming home at last!

This blog (at deepnaturegardens.com) will continue to be available, but after today it is officially dormant. It has been a wonderful (and at times challenging!) adventure to develop the art of deep nature gardening. I am grateful to all of my excellent Bay Area friends, clients, neighbors, allies, and colleagues.

Now begins a whole new phase of my life, and there is a brand new photo blog do proper justice to the beauty of my new home. Everyone is invited to visit the new blog which has been named (just for now!) “being in oregon.” Once we have settled in at the new place, we’ll begin to have a feel for what to call the property, and what to call the new blog.

I hope many of you will feel moved to follow the new blog, and stay in touch as our story continues in a new way from a new place.

 

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150511-0626

Dear friends,

The time has come for a big change!

If you are close to me you know that the continuing and deepening California drought has taken a big bite out of my work as a nature gardening consultant. Here in the Bay Area the climate has shifted, and I’m not just talking about the weather. People are pulling back on all kinds of gardening, letting their lawns turn brown and planting slow-growing xeriscapes with vast expanses of dry mulch.

No matter the cause, be it global warming or simply long-term climate cycles, the Bay Area’s climate is passing into a semi-arid phase. Even if we get a big fat El Niño this winter the chances are the drought will resume soon after.

As beautiful as the dry, brown hillsides may be, I am a creature of the rain.

That is why I am moving to Corvallis, Oregon. I will be leaving the Bay Area on June 20, 2015.

Creating deep nature gardens in the Bay Area has been a wonderful, fun, educational project. Now I am moving on, to a place where it rains in every month of the year (usually!) and sometimes in the winter there is snow.

To Bay Area clients, my deepest thanks for the opportunities to work in your beautiful gardens.

To future new clients in Corvallis, I look forward to meeting you!

Many good wishes to all garden lovers!

Nick Turner