According to Sunset’s “New Western Garden Book”, Reynier Village is in Zone 22, influenced by the ocean approximately 85 percent of the time. Winters are mild and very low temperatures (below 40) are rare.
Gardeners who take advantage of building overhangs or protection of tree branches can grow an impressive variety of subtropical plants – bananas, gingers and tree ferns. When I was growing up here (south of Pico, between Beverly Drive and Beverwil), we had three avocado trees, a fig tree, a peach tree, an orange tree and Meyer lemon. We also grew delicious rhubarb, tomatoes and strawberries. Mmmmmm….nothing tastes quite as good as a freshly picked ripe strawberry!
Text and photo by Deni Mosser