Magazine article Sunset

Open House

Magazine article Sunset

Open House

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A PICTURE-PERFECT SALAD

While visiting a friend in Alamo, California, we made a salad. She has a fabulous garden in which she grew all of the ingredients: different tomatoes, basil, and nasturtiums. After the salad was finished, we realized how similar it was to your September cover photo (most editions), so I thought I'd share it with you (see photo below). P S. The salad was the best I've ever eaten-even the kids loved it.

Teresa Castillo

MADERA, CALIFORNIA

GOOD-BYE, DENVER

As we are presently moving from Denver, it is especially nice to see all the articles you have included on a city I shall miss dearly. LoDo is wonderful, Coors Field is spectacular, and my favorite place is Cherry Creek mall. The one place I shall miss most of all is the Tattered Cover Book Store in Cherry Creek. I shall always fondly remember spending my Sunday mornings there, sitting on the floor reading a book or magazine, just hanging out.

Inge Kerster

SALTSPRING ISlAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA

CHINESE TALLOW: A "SCOUNDREL" TREE?

Re: "Smart Trees for Fall Planting," October, page 64. Your environmental sensitivity may be slipping. Chinese tallow, a small landscape tree with potential for vast decimation of native species, may be found among the Nature Conservancy's recent lineup of this country's "12 meanest environmental scoundrels." Yet Chinese tallow is recommended in your story as well as in the Sunset Western Garden Book and the new Western Landscaping Book.

William Priester

DAVIS, CALIFORNIA

Editor's note: Chinese tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum) has become an invasive pest along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, where growing conditions are so favorable that the tree behaves like a weed. …

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