Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Park School Garden Tour
The annual Park School Garden Tour on Sunday, April 29, in Oakland offers guests a unique opportunity to visit ten private gardens in the East Bay with a high degree of horticultural and visual appeal. The self-guided tours benefit the Park School.
These are real people's gardens, not just mansions that have a professional team of gardeners on hand to groom the grounds. The style and theme of each garden are different and as individual as the gardeners themselves. Some feature hillside gardens, while others specialize in a particular plant. Last year, the owner of a Victorian home had recreated a miniature Stonehenge in the front yard with moss and rock, and turned the area that had previously been the driveway into a fantasy land of vines, trellises, and creative container plantings.
To order tickets or for more information, call (510) 653-6250.
Favorite or New Plant
Coreopsis makes a sunny addition to any vegetable, flower, or perennial garden and Coreopsis lanceolata is one of my favorites. The bright yellow flowers begin blooming early in April and continue through fall. This perennial flower is a vigorous grower and can be divided to increase stock. Regular grooming and deadheading will prolong the bloom period and increase flower production. The long-stemmed blooms make excellent cut flowers.
The bright-colored flowers of coreopsis attract predatory insects to the garden. Plant coreopsis near cucumbers to keep cucumber beetles from destroying the harvest. The hardy plants are drought resistant, prefer full sun, and self-sow in ideal conditions.