Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
San Francisco Botanical Garden's 50th Anniversary
San Francisco Botanical Garden will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Garden Party and Evening Benefit Gala on September 29, 6:30 to 10 p.m. There will be a silent auction and a sumptuous evening meal held outdoors in the magnificent Strybing Arboretum. The address is 9th Ave at Lincoln Way. Tickets are $300 per person; tables of 10 from $3,500 to $15,000. For reservations call (415) 564-3239.
Favorite or New Plant
The fringe tree (Chionanthus) requires some winter chill, so it's perfect if you live away from the bay. The spectacular flowers bloom in spring and are borne in impressive lace-like clusters. The foliage is deciduous and broad-leaved and turns bright yellow in the fall. This is an excellent patio tree. It grows from 12 to 20 feet in height. Plant in full sun with good drainage and don't overwater.