Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show (March 18 - 22, 2009) takes place at a new location, but you will still find the lectures, seminars, fabulous demonstration gardens and vendors of anything growing.

In addition to the demonstration gardens there will also be a special exhibit of container plants, a bonsai exhibition, an Ikebana show, floral arrangements and competitions, the popular orchid pavilion and the ever-popular marketplace where you can find the latest in gardening equipment and apparel plus much, much more.
Tickets are available at local nurseries or at the door. Children under 11 are free. The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, March 18 - 22, 2009, San Mateo Event Center, 2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA, www.gardenshow.com

Favorite or New Plant

Cushion Bush
Cushion bush (Calocephalus brownii) is a gray foliage plant with small, scaly leaves that grow along many tangled stems. The overall effect of the plant can be called "dense." It is impervious to drought, wind, and sandy soil, and in fact, it prefers all of the above. Cushion bush makes a handsome addition to a rock garden. It has a round growth habit and eventually reaches a height and width of about 3 feet . The yellow, button-like flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Annual pruning is not required, but to keep the plants compact, a light overall trim is beneficial just before active growth begins. Never remove more than 1/4 of the foliage at one time (I learned the hard way).

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