Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Conservatory of Flowers Winter Carnivale
If the gray days of winter give you the blues, make your way over to the Conservatory of Flowers at Golden Gate Park for a breathtaking blast of vibrant color and beauty. The new exhibition -- Color: A Winter Carnivale -- is on view through March 3. It's spectacular, with more color than most gardens display in midsummer. Hundreds of plants are arranged in color clusters of red, blue, purple, orange, yellow, green, and silver/white, creating a living rainbow of bright blooms and luminous leaves. Whimsical design elements, such as jeweled pendants, lanterns, and mobiles, lend the display a dazzling turn-of-the-century world's fair atmosphere, transporting visitors back in time to the Edwardian era when the wonders of the natural world and science had captivated the public.

The conservatory is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 to 4:30; admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors. For more info, go to: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Keep Poinsettias Green!
To prevent poinsettias from dropping their leaves, fertilize with a half-strength solution of a balanced fertilizer every time you water. Make sure the plants stay continuously moist but are never allowed to stand in water. Keep them in bright, indirect light away from opening doors and heater vents. Probably the best tip for poinsettias: buy imitation silk plants. They look just like the real thing and never cause you trouble.

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