Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

One-Day Garden Workshop
Join in a one-day gardening workshop to explore the array of medicinal biennial and perennial plants found growing throughout California, with an emphasis on those native to the Bay Area. "Fall Harvest: Medicinal Roots, Barks, and Fruits of California" takes place on Saturday, November 7, 2009, from 9:30am-1pm at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Topics of discussion will include identifying characteristics, medicinal uses, sustainable harvesting techniques, as well as various preparation methods. The morning session will consist of a lecture/slideshow, and in the afternoon participants will tour the Botanical Garden to observe live plant specimens. Cost: $35 general public, $30 for SF Botanical Garden Society members. For more information call (415) 661-1316 x400 or visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.

Books

Organic Disease and Pest Control
How to grow a healthy, problem-free garden without using chemicals is the subject of Organic Pest & Disease Control, Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guides, by Barbara Ellis, editor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1997). This illustrated volume contains a guide to garden pests, diseases, weeds, animal pests, and a hardiness zone map. There is a chapter dedicated to creating a healthy garden by building soil, plant selection, and problem solving. The illustrations and photographs are excellent tools for troubleshooting and the organic remedies are easy and straightforward. Overall, this is an excellent publication for the neophyte organic gardener.

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