Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Santa Clara Native Plant Sale
You'll find hundreds of species of native plants, seeds, and bulbs suitable for California gardens at the Santa Clara Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Hidden Villa Ranch, CNPS Nursery, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills (2 miles west of I-280). Speak to experts about lawn alternatives, such as native perennials, wildflowers, and grasses. Native plant books, posters, and note cards will be on sale. The event is organized by Santa Clara Valley Chapter of California Native Plant Society. Come early for the best selection; bring boxes to carry your purchases home. For more information, visit: http://www.cnps-scv.org; e-mail: cnps_scv@yahoo.com; or call (650) 691-9749.

Favorite or New Plant

Lily-of-the-Valley
For a woodland garden or under pine trees, there is nothing to compare with the delicate beauty of Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis). A member of the lilaceae family, Lily-of-the-Valley is a perennial that grows from rhizomes. It sends up 4- to 6-inch, plump green leaves in early spring, followed by delicate short stems that carry the sweetly scented, bell-shaped flowers. Planted from "pips" in a shady location during late fall, Lily-of-the-Valley will naturalize in your garden providing a welcome breath of spring.

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