Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
Nothing welcomes spring like the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, the largest, world-class garden festival of its kind in the western United States. Now entering its 27th year with a greener approach that celebrates 'Gardens for a Green Earth', the show runs Wednesday through Sunday, March 21-25 at the San Mateo Event Center, 1356 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA. The Caltrain station is only one block away. Tickets are available at the door for a single day admission for $20. A five-day bargain pass is only $25, a half-day pass is $15 and children under 16 are admitted free at all times. Discounted advance purchase tickets cost $16 and special group rate for 20 people or more are available online. For more information visit


I received an unusual book in the mail last week. The book Birds, by Arin Murphy-Hiscock (Adams Media, 2012) is a spiritual field guide that includes magnificent color plates of common birds such as the egret and the sparrow. What makes this particular book unusual is that it includes omens and divinatory meanings associated with each bird. For example, the robin is associated with storms and Thor, the Norse god of thunder. In addition, a robin was supposedly present at the crucifixion of Christ; a drop of His blood stained the robin's breast for ever after. In another example the quail is associated with fecundity and fertility because of it's large clutches of eggs. Birds: A Spiritual Field Guide is an interesting read and contains meditation guides, habitat and environmental information, and interesting facts on each bird listed. Illustrated, 225 pages including index.

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