Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Red-Flowering Rudbeckia

National News

Rudbeckia, or black-eyed Susans, are native American wildflowers that have recently gone through a breeding revolution. There are many new selections of this tough, easy-to-grow perennial that...

Online Tool Helps Calculate Carbon Sequestration of Trees

Much of the talk about reducing the effects of global warming has revolved around the amount of carbon dioxide that gets emitted into the atmosphere. One way to reduce CO2 emissions to plant more...

Plants Help People in Hospitals Heal Faster

All gardeners know that plants -- and flowers in particular -- can bring a smile to someone's face. But can flowers be used to help people recover from illnesses? Researchers at Kansas State...

New Sweet Corn with Purple Cob

Nothing is more rewarding than munching on sweet corn harvested fresh from your garden. There are lots of sweet corn types available, from old heirlooms to supersweet varieties. Recently breeders...

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In the Garden


The Cast Iron Plant

My friend Sylvia asked me if I wanted her potted aspidistra. It had outgrown its container and she didn't have the courage to chop it into pieces. Knowing that I had just lost my job, she figured that I wouldn't mind working out my rage with a saw and a...
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Shows & Events

Bouquets to Art 2009 Bouquets to Art is the largest fundraiser held to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Recycled Cloche Protect young pea plants with a cloche made from a recycled plastic water bottle. Remove the cap...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prune Fuchsias
  • Awaken Indoor Cactus
  • Care for Cut Flowers
  • Slug Watch
  • Sow Peas

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