Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Summer Garden Fair
The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society will host a Summer Garden Fair on Saturday, August 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. This annual community event provides a wonderful opportunity to meet knowledgeable members from various plant societies and science groups to learn more about plants and gardening. Authors Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook will be on hand to sign copies of their new book, California Native Plants. Garden Fair visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Prizes will be awarded to the best picnic setup. Admission is free. For more information, call (415) 661-1316, or visit: http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.
Clever Gardening Technique
Start Chrysanthemum Cuttings
Chrysanthemums are champions in a fall garden. It's easy to start them from cuttings now to have dozens of new plants ready to replace faded summer beds later in the season. Take as many 2- to 4-inch cuttings from mature chrysanthemum plants as you think you will need. Remove the lower leaves, dip the cut end into rooting hormone, and place the prepared cutting in damp sand until roots form -- usually a few weeks. Keep the cuttings covered with clear plastic so they don't loose humidity. Once the little plants are going nicely, transplant into peat pots filled with fresh potting soil. Fertilize with half strength 22-14-14 until planting time in late September. Plant the peat pots directly into the ground and fertilize with 0-10-10 to encourage bloom.