Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Garden Fest
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is having a benefit luncheon on October 14 to celebrate its new name. Formerly known as Strybing Arboretum, the garden at 9th and Lincoln in San Francisco will now be officially known as the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum. A mouthful, I know, but easier for out-of-town visitors to find.

Garden Fest is a garden party and benefit luncheon. There will be speakers, a sumptuous lunch served on the green, and the weather is guaranteed to be perfect! Tickets are $150 per person. For more information or reservations, call (415) 564-3239. ext. 304.

Favorite or New Plant

Puya
Puya (Puya berteroniana), a member of the pineapple family, is imposing even when it's not in flower, and spectacular when it is. The leaves form a large rosette at the base of the plant, with hooked prickles along the edges, similar to other bromeliads. In spring, 6-foot-tall spikes of turquoise, bell-shaped flowers with brilliant orange anthers rise from the base. The flowers open from the bottom of the spike upwards, prolonging the bloom period for several weeks. Puya is native to Chile and requires full sun and very little water. Give puya plenty of room and prepare to be impressed!

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