Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Butterfly-Attracting, Disease-Resistant Phlox

National News

Midsummer is tall phlox ( Phlox paniculata and P. maculata ) season in the perennial garden. Phlox is known for its beautiful flowers this time of year, but powdery mildew often ruins the show....

Save the Ash Tree

There is a growing concern about native ash trees across the country. The emerald ash borer (EAB) insect has set up home in communities in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Eastern Canada...

Elderberry Pruning Trials

Elderberry bushes are gaining in popularity. This native shrub is easy to grow and is adapted to a wide range of climatic conditions, including wet areas. It features attractive white flowers and...

National Community Gardening Week

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has named August 23-29, 2009, National Community Gardening Week. As an ongoing commitment to encourage community gardening, the USDA is installing “People’s...

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In the Garden


Pocket Gardens

I was in San Francisco last week and came across a delightful little garden planted in front of a basement apartment. That the site was dark, damp, and receiving only an hour or so of direct sun was taken into consideration when this little plot was...
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Shows & Events

Orchard Tours Visit the fruit orchards of Filoli and learn how to tend your own fruit trees, Thursdays and...

Web Finds

Two Green Thumbs Everything for the miniature garden enthusiast is contained in the easy-to-navigate Two Green...
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Regional Reminders

  • Protect Drip Irrigation
  • Tomato Tips
  • Weed Patrol
  • For the Birds
  • Fertilize Rhododendrons and Azaleas

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