Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

2008 Filoli Flower Show
On May 8 to 11, Filoli presents its 20th Annual Filoli Flower Show, entitled Country Elegance, to honor the original vision that Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn had for the creation of this magnificent country estate. Over 100 professional designers, horticultural societies, exhibitors, and garden clubs throughout the Bay Area will present unique flower arrangements, table settings, and garden displays during the four-day event. Featured throughout the house will be historical displays depicting the Bourn era, which will showcase the significant contributions of Filoli's original designers -- acclaimed horticulturist Bella Worn, Bay Area architect Arthur Brown, and garden designer Bruce Porter.

In addition to the opening night reception, Mother's Day Brunch, and general tours, flower show teas and boxed lunches are available, so visit the Web site for more info: http://www.filoli.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Cosmos
I can't think of another annual plant that is as colorful and as easy to grow as cosmos. They come in several colors including orange, burgundy, and white, but the pink is my favorite. I love the fern-like foliage and the way the flowers are held high on the erect stems. Cosmos make excellent cut flowers and give a casual look to a border or as a background planting. I plant them in the spring after the soil has warmed to the touch. Soon, I am rewarded with hundreds of seedlings reaching for the sun. I don't thin my cosmos because I like the way they look massed together. They require full sun, moderate water, and a rich garden soil that's been amended with chicken manure. When the plants begin producing flowers, deadhead frequently to keep them looking tidy.

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