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.

 Jason with Caitlin Atkinson, the photographer of Designing with Palms

Jason with Caitlin Atkinson, the photographer of Designing with Palms

Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 3:00pm
Talk and signing at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, California. Event held in conjunction with the Mediterranean Garden Society.

Monday, June 18, 2018, at 7:15pm
Slide talk at the California Horticultural Society meeting, SF County Fair Building, 9th Ave. & Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Monday, July 9, 2018, at 6pm
Slide talk for the San Diego Horticultural Society, Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 7pm
Slide talk and book signing at The Sherman Library and Gardens, 2647 East Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, California.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 6pm
Walk and slide lecture at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, 9th Ave. & Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 11am
Talk, palm display, and book signing at Annie's Annuals740 Market Ave., Richmond, CA 94801. Directions from the North Bay


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 Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Garden, the Garden Conservancy, City Lights Bookstore, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Flora Grubb Gardens, and the Conservatory of Flowers. 


The New York Times, Summer Reading, by Dominique Browning, 2018

Better Homes and Gardens, post by Rochelle Greayer, 2018

Landscape Architecture, Palms Out, by Jane Berger, 2018 

The Ledger, New palm book is a delight, by Charles Reynolds, 2018

Marin Independent Journal, There's a palm tree for every garden, horticulturist says, by PJ Bremier, 2018

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

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

Cultivating Place, Designing With Palms, A Conversation With Jason Dewees, podcast by Jennifer Jewell & Sarah Bohannan, 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, 2010

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.