Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Island Time at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show

National News

Although enthusiasm is a job requirement when overseeing the world's largest indoor flower show, show designer Sam Lemheney practically levitates when talking about Hawaii: Islands of Aloha ....

New Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA has released the long-awaited, updated version of its hardiness zone map, giving some areas of the country new zone designations. The new 2012 map is based on temperature data from the...

Lyme Disease on the Move

A new research study by the Yale School of Public Health shows that Lyme disease is on the move. A map showing the areas of highest risk for Lyme disease infection in the U.S. is part of the study...

Changing the Rules Because of Oak Wilt

For years gardeners were counseled to paint over tree wounds and pruning cuts to seal them. This seemed like a logical course of action, like putting a bandage over a scraped knee. It wasn't until...

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In the Garden


The Cool Season King

We are lucky here in sunny California. Believe me, it's not the earthquakes or the highest tax rate in the nation that brings people flocking to the West Coast. It's the weather, the beautiful, temperate climate that is the enticement. Where else can...
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Shows & Events

Pacific Orchid Exposition The Pacific Orchid Exposition is the ultimate orchid destination. Vendors will offer thousands of...


Orchids Which orchid to buy? When and how much to water? These subjects and more are covered in Orchid...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest Citrus
  • Support Climbers with Clothespins
  • Sit Down on the Job
  • Sow Cool Season Vegetables
  • Prune Hydrangeas

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