Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Huntington Botanic Garden Rose Festival
The Huntington Botanic Garden's three-acre rose garden should be at the peak of its fragrant bloom for the annual Rose Festival on April 28 and 29 in San Marino. Docent-led tours, informal talks about rose care and culture, demonstrations, plant sales, and English tea in the Rose Garden Tea Room will be available. Call (626) 683-8131 for more information.
Water and Weed
It may still be mid-spring, but it's important to weed out undesirable plants before they reseed themselves. To pull tough weeds out more easily, water deeply the day or two before the effort. The water fills the air pore cells between the soil particles where the fibrous roots grow, enabling the weeds to slip out much easier. If you leave pulled weeds in garden pathways for dry mulch, be sure to leave them with their roots up, so they won't reroot themselves. A better idea is to add them to the compost pile. But if any seedstalks have developed, dispose of the weed altogether so you don't unwittingly recycle its seeds.