Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2001
Regional Report

Books

Glorious Gardens To Visit In Northern California
Glorious Gardens To Visit In Northern California by Priscilla Dunhill and Sue Freedman (Clarkson Potter, 1993; $20) is a guide to 65 public gardens that are within 3 hours drive of San Francisco. The various gardens are listed in geographic order covering San Francisco, the East Bay and Sacramento, Marin County and North, the Peninsula including San Jose, and the Monterey-Carmel area. If you love to visit and explore public gardens, this book is an invaluable reference. The information on each garden includes the hours, phone numbers, directions on how to get there and the facilities offered. It also indicates if the garden is accessible for wheel chairs.

Favorite or New Plant

Naked Ladies
Naked Ladies (Amaryllis belladonna) are a summer blooming bulb that appear almost magically in mid-August. They're native to South Africa and are perfectly adapted to the dry summer climate in Northern California. The bulbs get all the moisture they need for the entire year from our winter rains. The trumpet- shaped clusters of blooms are pink and held high on cinnamon-colored stems. The bulbs multiply and are best left undivided. Naked Ladies require no irrigation whatsoever and are perfect to plant on a hillside or along a drive. However, be cautious if you have kids because all parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.

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