Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Bring Back the Natives Garden Tour
It's not too early to plan for the spring Bring Back the Natives Garden Tour on May 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free, self-guided tour will take you through 60 fabulous gardens that provide habitat, conserve water, are pesticide free, and contain 30 percent or more native plants in the landscaping. Registration is required in order to receive a guidebook and directions to the various gardens. Register early to avoid disappointment.

There will be talks at the various gardens by expert horticulturists, and there will also be a native plant sale. Volunteers are still needed, please help if you can! For more information, visit: http://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/index.html.

Books

Practical Science for Gardeners
I enjoy knowing how things work. Practical Science for Gardeners, by author Mary Pratt (Timber Press, 2005; $24.95), is full of tips about how to use science to achieve healthier plants and better gardens. This informative and entertaining book will stimulate experimentation and encourage gardeners to review their gardening practices in the light of newfound knowledge. Although the information is presented in a conversational tone, I still found myself having to reread passages to understand the concepts. The book begins at the cellular level and works its way through basic plant biology, what happens to make a seed sprout, and soil pathology. The book also addresses biodiversity and living comfortably with nature. If you are curious about the world around you, this is an interesting read.

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