Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

A Titanic Flower

National News

The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is one of the most spectacular plants around. This native of Indonesian rain forests grows from a corm that weighs over 200 pounds. Its flower is composed...

Rhododendron of the Year

Rhododendrons and azaleas (both members of the genus Rhododendron ) have some of the loveliest blooms around, so it's not surprising that these shrubs are popular plants across the country. But...

Put Your Garden on the Map

Gardeners are usually bird lovers as well as plant enthusiasts. Now you can combine both these interests in a citizen science project that's designed to give you a deeper understanding of the...

The Strange Case of Barberry, Ticks, and Earthworms

We've all probably heard about the problems caused by invasive plant species crowding out native vegetation and altering the ecosystem. But new research has shown that at least one invasive...

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In the Garden

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Earthly Delights

I was driving in Pacifica recently and saw a whimsical wooden fence that captured my fancy. It was on a hill side, very weathered, and the top was sculpted to resemble waves. The garden behind the fence was colorful, and I wanted a photo to share with...
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Resources

Books

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies How to Raise Monarch Butterflies by Carol Pasternak (Firefly Publishing, 2012, $19.95) is a...

Tool or Gardening Product

i1015 Pelican Case for Personal Electronics As you celebrate the return of spring in the garden or out in the yard, the last thing you want...
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Regional Reminders

  • Groom Spring Blooming Bulbs
  • Putter in the Garden
  • Plant Lettuce in Containers
  • Transplant Seedlings
  • Recycle an Old Wooden Ladder

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