Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Join San Francisco Botanical Garden docent Anna Chou for a Saturday workshop about the colorful and diverse plants in the gesneriad family. Learn how to grow and care for a variety of gesneriads like Mitraria coccinea (the Chilean mitre flower), nematanthus (the "goldfish plant"), and episcia (the "flaming violet"), as well as African violets, moussonia, and petrocosmeas. Many of the plants in the gesneriaceae family are on display in San Francisco Botanical Garden's live collection. Workshop participants can take home plant cuttings, propagation materials, and other resources. San Francisco Botanical Garden, 11:30am-3pm, Saturday, March 21, 2009, $10 donation encouraged; call (415) 661-1316 x400 or visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org for more information.
Clever Gardening Technique
Get seedlings off to a good start by protecting them with a mini greenhouse made from recycled soda bottles. Use a knife or scissors to cut the bottom off of a clear plastic soda or water bottle. Remove the cap to allow for ventilation. At planting time, cover seedlings with the prepared bottles by pushing the cut end into the soil at least one inch. The bottle will collect heat, preserve moisture, and prevent insect pests and birds from eating your seedlings until they become established. Once the plant is growing well, remove the bottle.