Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Docent Lead Garden Tours
Gamble Garden Center in Palo Alto is offering docent-led garden tours. The guided tours of the buildings and gardens include historical and horticultural information. Tours are available Monday through Friday for groups of 8 to 50 at $10 per person; minimum charge of $80.00. Please contact the office at (650) 329-1356 x 0 or four weeks in advance to schedule a date, time, and docent(s) for your group. The house and garden are located at 1431 Waverly Street in Palo Alto and are open to the public during daylight hours. Admission is free. Visit for more information.


Growing Heirloom Vegetables
The Heirloom Life Gardener
The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company has released a marvelous book that is an invitation to join the sustainable, delicious and healthy heirloom life style. The Heirloom Life Gardener (Hyperion Publishing, 2011) is an invaluable resource for planting, growing, harvesting, and propagation tips for fifty amazing heirloom varieties, plus a primer on the art of seed saving. The book is a very personal journey by cofounders of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, Jere & Emilee Gettle. It is illustrated with tempting color photographs and contains recipes and growing and planting tips, including a chapter on How to Plant a Garden.
This charming book takes the reader a step back in time to when produce was wholesome and had flavor. Follow the instructions and you will be able to "grow your own" with the help of these generous gardeners.

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