Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Colorful Toad Lily

National News

Toad lilies ( Tricyrtis formosana ) are moisture-loving, shade tolerant perennials that are hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8. They flower in late summer and early fall, offering color and interest in the...

San Francisco Becomes More Food Sustainable

Creating a healthy, sustainable food system is on many people's minds these days. Books, articles, and documentaries highlight pockets of successful programs across the country. Now, one city is...

National Indoor Gardening Day

While many gardeners in the country are enjoying the fruits of their summer labors, some forward-looking folks are focusing on a time of year when, for most of us, our gardening will be limited to...

What’s Woolch Mulch?

While in England this past summer, I noticed gardeners using wool around plants that slugs love. It appears the wool deters the slugs and snails from eating the foliage. Well, here’s a new idea...

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In the Garden


Helping Hands

Well, I finally did it. It took years to gather the courage, but I had a huge project at Henry's that was more than I could handle on my own. I needed the help of someone willing to dig in less-than-ideal soil (read; concrete). Henry's wife was all...
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Shows & Events

September 2009 Plant Sale San Francisco Botanical Garden's September Plant Sale, on Saturday, September 12, 2009 from...

Clever Gardening Technique

Leaf Cuttings I love to grow new plants from leaf cuttings. Any plant with prominent veins can be propagate...
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Regional Reminders

  • Cymbidium Switch
  • Yellowjacket Alert
  • Deep Water Landscape Trees
  • Allow Perennials to Go to Seed
  • Fire Prevention

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