Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Strybing Art Show
Strybing Arboretum Society will host an exhibition of pen and ink illustrations by Kristin Jakob called "Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Illustrations of California Monocots," April 1 through June 30, 2004. The illustrations appear in the new book of the same name. Artist reception is open to the public from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 22. Admission is free. Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco; (415) 661-1316; http://www.strybing.org

Favorite or New Plant

Pieris Japonica
I saw so many beautiful pieris at the garden show that I was reminded to tell you about this hardy and elegant landscape shrub. The flowers resemble clusters of Japanese lanterns and are excellent in flower arrangements. Along the coast, or where the summers are cool, the plant can tolerate full sun. In the Sunset gardens, they were planted under a canopy of oaks beside the rhododendrons and azaleas. The new growth is often brightly colored pink or red, but otherwise the leaves are variegated. Provide regular water in well-drained soil, and you will have good luck with pieris.

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