Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2003
Regional Report

Local Buzz

Armstrong Opens New Garden Center in Dublin
Famous for its vast selection of quality roses, Armstrong Garden Centers is opening a new nursery in Dublin. In addition to top-quality plants, they offer a complete inventory of gardening supplies, tools, and accessories.

I first became aquainted with Armstrong roses in 1984, when I grew their All-American 'Olympiad' in the garden at Sunset Magazine. It was honestly the best rose I have ever grown.

Armstrong Garden Center also provides a number of value-added services, including one-year guarantees on its plants, free delivery for purchases of $200 or more, special ordering on hard-to-find items, 10 percent senior savings, and at-home design consultation.

The Dublin store is located at 7360 San Ramon Boulevard. For more information, please contact them at (800) 55-PLANT or visit them online at

Shows & Events

Sunday Garden Market
The Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market has launched a new, year-round Sunday Garden Market, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ferry Building, Embarcadero. The Sunday Garden Market is modeled after a traditional farmers market and will feature about fifteen small specialty plant growers from around the Bay Area, most of them using sustainable and organic methods.

Indoor plant lovers and master gardeners alike will find a wide variety of plants and gardening supplies at the Sunday Garden Market: from compost to organic fertilizer, and vegetable starts to rose bushes. The market also will offer many rare and unique plant varieties, as well as native plants that are not widely available. The market shoppers' experience will be completed by a small selection of brunch offerings, produce, cut flowers, and organic coffee.

In addition, the market will offer free workshops led by local gardening experts at its "Sunday Garden School." Topics will include organic gardening, rare and unique plant varieties, California native plants, container gardening, and other topics related to sustainable horticulture in the Bay Area.

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