Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Sun-Tolerant Caladium

National News

Caladiums are known for their ability to brighten shady spots in the yard with their colorful leaves. Now there's a caladium that's more sun tolerant than other varieties, and its shorter stature...

Grapes May Protect Against Diabetes

According to the National Institutes of Health, it’s estimated that 1 in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents in the U.S. has type 1 diabetes. This epidemic has spurred research into ways to...

New Animal Control for Gardens

Controlling marauding animals from eating your landscape and garden is a never-ending task. Now there’s a new, low-impact, technological tool to add to your list of repellent sprays, fences, and...

Warm Temperatures Increase the Sugar and Nutrients in Tomatoes

Most gardeners know the flavor and nutritional quality of fresh tomatoes is best if you grow your own. New research from France shows that the temperature at which fruit ripens can also affect the...

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In the Garden


Street Smart About Trees

The street trees in San Francisco are in deplorable condition. Some have broken limbs, some have great gouges in the trunk, some are staked incorrectly, and many are just doornail dead. Street trees say a lot about a city and the people who live there....
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The Wildlife Gardener's Guide The Wildlife Gardener's Guide , by Janet Marinelli (Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 2008; $9.95) is...

Shows & Events

Ruth Bancroft Garden Annual Sculpture in the Garden Show Ruth Bancroft Garden Annual Sculpture in the Garden Show on June 14 and 15 will feature the works...
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Regional Reminders

  • Groom and Prune Camellias
  • Deadhead Roses
  • Fertilize Perennials
  • Treat Garden Hoses Kindly
  • Plant Asters and Goldenrod

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