Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

View the Winter Constellations
Learn about the winter constellations on an evening walk with Bing Quock at the San Francisco Botanical Garden on Friday, December 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The famous winter constellations are just rising in the east, including the famous Pleiades star cluster (or "Seven Sisters"). On the 17th, a nearly first-quarter moon will treat visitors to a glimpse of its half-lit face as you learn your way among the stars.

Meet at the Main Gate 15 minutes before the walk. Bring binoculars/flashlights, and dress warmly. Cost is: members $8; family membership (2 adults/2 children) $13; nonmember $12; nonmember family (2 adults/2 children) $18.

Reservations appreciated. Phone (415) 661-1316 x354 or visit: http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org for more information.

Books

Sermon from the Compost Pile
Sermon from the Compost Pile, by Edward F. Sylvia (Staircase Press, 2000; $19.95) is a look at the spiritual side of gardening. The author explains the inner peace we achieve while in the garden, and gives pointers on how to cultivate not only plants, but also that wonderful feeling. There are color photos of happy people in the garden, and in one section of the book he compares using herbicides in the garden to using drugs. He says: "There are methods of ridding oneself of negative thoughts that are similar to using herbicides. These are shortsighted and quick solutions that do nothing to correct the underlying problem." Wise words that apply to both psyche and soil. Sylvia has a keen awareness of nature, both animal and vegetable.

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