Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Thornless Roses

National News

Everyone loves roses, but no one loves the thorns. Thornless rose varieties have been available since the 1960s but now there are new, improved varieties to choose from. Smooth Touch roses feature...

NGA Wins Book Award

National Gardening Association has been publishing kids gardening curriculum and activity books for more than 25 years. These books are very popular with teachers and parents and one of our most...

Broccoli Sprouts May Inhibit Ulcers

It’s been widely reported that broccoli is loaded with the chemical sulfuraphane, a known antioxidant. It’s also been found this chemical has antibiotic properties. Researchers at John Hopkins...

Unusual Edible Ornamental

Edible gardening is all the rage across the country. People are looking to grow some of their own food, but not wanting to sacrifice beauty. Here’s an unusual, international edible plant that’s...

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In the Garden


Christmas in May

I ruined a beautiful planting of red geraniums back in the 1970's and that particular family of plants has never forgiven me. I can't grow a geranium to save my soul. Not so with Christmas cactus ( Schlumbergera spp). They bloom for me, on and off, all...
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Shows & Events

Filoli Flower Show Beautiful floral arrangements and magnificent table settings complement the splendor of the...

Favorite or New Plant

Asparagus Fern My friend Joleen gave me an Asparagus setaceus ( A. plumosa ) in a 6-inch pot. These are a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Ready, Set, Plant!
  • Mow Weeds
  • Save Water
  • Plant Something New
  • Wash Indoor Plants

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