Mediterranean Landscaping History in California

August 18th, 2011  |  Published in General

Considering the history of California, it’s surprising our landscapes have taken on more of a northern European feel when the first massive and lasting influx of “settlers” hailed from a mediterranean climate:  Spain.

For over 350 years, the Spanish and summer dry influence defined the landscape.  Even today, the California mission gardens are some of the best indicators of the role the landscape played for generations.

With water always the limiting factor, plants were chosen very specifically to fulfill important roles such as providing shade, food, or other resources.

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