The garden editor of Sunset Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle is meeting a very real need for a practical, down-to-earth garden book related to Pacific Coast conditions and climate. Most of the basic concepts are applicable elsewhere- but times of planting, expectations of growth and -- most important- irrigation and exposure are quite different in this area. Each section has its own bibliography- and listings of pertinent catalogue material. One chapter is devoted specifically to weather conditions, even down to state-by-state analyses of average dates for late and early frosts, length of growing season and suggestions as to availability of local weather information. The section on garden operations (pruning, spraying, etc.) should be helpful to all gardeners. Westerners will delight in the sections dealing with the unique advantages they have over poor Connecticut gardeners- matters of color, size, varieties, and so on. The ""How to grow...."" chapters deal with roses, begonias, rhododendrons, fuchsias, camellias, azaleas, lilies. Greenhouses, rock gardens, and a miscellany of sections on garden projects will be stimulating to the imagination. An excellent- but special sort of garden book.