Designing with Palms

The new book by Jason Dewees, our palm expert and horticulturist


Five years in the making, Jason's beautiful new book from Timber Press offers a wealth of design inspiration and ideas, exquisitely photographed by Caitlin Atkinson and featuring gardens in Hawai`i, South Florida, the Bay Area, Southern California, South Carolina, and the Desert Southwest. Jason shares lessons from some of the best designers working with palms in the United States. Useful information about the palm family and a portfolio of hardy and popular palm species equip designers and gardeners to embrace the power of palms in landscape design. Come into the store to buy a signed copy or order books online through Indybound or Amazon.

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Hear Jason speak about Designing with Palms, see Caitlin Atkinson's beautiful photos, and meet him at an upcoming event.


Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5pm - 7pm
Reading and reception at Modern Appealing Clothing, 387 Grove St., San Francisco.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 6pm
Illustrated presentation at Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, California.

Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 1pm
Slide talk at the Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club, 1 W Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, California.

Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 1:15pm
Seminar at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show (Discovery Stage), Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, California

Friday, May 4, 2018, at 10am
Lecture at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley, California. Registration recommended.

Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 2:30pm
Talk and Book Signing at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Rothenberg Hall, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California

Speaking Engagements

Jason speaks widely about plants -- including palms -- and their roles in garden design. Contact us to schedule a talk. In the past, Jason has spoken at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the Garden Conservancy, City Lights Bookstore, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Flora Grubb Gardens, and the Conservatory of Flowers. 


Gardenista, Required Reading: Designing with Palms, by Kier Holmes, 2018

Garden Design, What We're Reading: Fall in Love with Palms, spring, 2018

Sunset, Native Plants Go Glam, by Johanna Silver, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle, Artist planted seeds of palm garden in Mission District, by Sam Whiting, 2014

SF Weekly, Best Palm Broker, 2012



Pacific Horticulture, A Garden of Exceptional Palms, 2016

Kulturfolger Issue 1, 2016

Pacific Horticulture, A Manifesto for the Urban Hedgerow, with Lisa Lee Benjamin, 2011

San Francisco Botanical Garden, The Hortiphile: The Best "Native" Palm for Bay Area Gardens, 2010

Garden Design, The Late Show Gardens, 2009

Garden Design, Reading Palms, 2009

Work with Jason: Horticultural Consulting

Jason Dewees shares his expertise in plants, and especially palms, with designers, landscape architects, botanical garden curators, municipalities, and gardeners, always with an eye to design. Jason helps identify and source the best varieties based on the design intention and requirements, growing conditions, and market availability. Contact us to set up a consultation.


Consulting for Landscape Architects and Landscape Designers

Jason works with landscape architects, designers, and their clients on plant palette and planting design. Contact us to set up a consultation.


A Wine Country Garden

Jason worked with Exteriors Landscape Architecture and their clients to choose the right species and the best specimens for a new garden design in a spectacular site overlooking vineyards near Healdsburg, California. He wrote about the garden and the role palms play in it in Designing with Palms.

Jason has been our horticultural go-to person since meeting him several years ago. He not only has become our 'palm guru' but we also often consult with him about succulents, bamboo, Australian and South African plant varieties. His vast expertise makes him an invaluable resource, plus he is always approachable and a delight to work with!
– Helene Morneau & Kris Sunderlage, Exteriors Landscape Architecture

Jason has an artful eye in selecting the perfect palm specimens for his clients’ gardens. We are so pleased with his continued advice and interest in the health and vitality of the numerous palm trees on our Sonoma Wine Country property.
– Barbara and Howard Wollner


Consulting for Municipalities

 Castro Commons, 2010. Photo by Seth Boor.

Castro Commons, 2010. Photo by Seth Boor.

City planners, landscape architects, and urban arborists rely on Jason's knowledge of trees and palms for planting and design ideas as well as for plant sourcing. Contact Jason.

Consulting for Home Gardens

Jason gives advice and ideas for plants and planting design to homeowners who want to get deeper into their gardens. Contact us for a consultation.


Palms We Grow and Sell

At our grounds in Southern California, we grow more than 100 varieties of palms, from towering giants to diminutive foliage accents. Get in touch. Jason can help you choose the right palms for your needs.