Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Dusty Miller
Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) is one of several silver foliage plants that do very well in containers. Dusty Miller blooms in midsummer with yellow daisy-like flowers. The plant itself is perennial, extremely hardy and drought tolerant, meaning it can dry out slightly between waterings. The foliage looks beautiful when placed next to brightly colored annuals and is frequently used in mixed container plantings. It grows easily from cuttings, or can be purchased in cell packs or gallon cans.

Shows & Events

Summer Garden Tour
Explore seven private gardens in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Oakland, and Piedmont, open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Highlights include garden sculpture and other art in steel, stone, and ceramic by local artisans Marcia Donahue, Keeyla Meadows, Mark Bulwinkle, and Sara Floor. A network of water features and private spaces set in the center of a woodland glade, a drought-tolerant and deer-resistant garden of whimsy under mature oaks, and the sculpted concrete steps, paths, and pools at the Harland Hand Memorial Garden also take center stage.
When: Sunday, July 22; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Visitors may begin the Open Day at any of the following locations: Garden of Keeyla Meadows, 1137 Stannage Avenue, Albany; Our Own Stuff Gallery Garden, 3017 Wheeler Street, Berkeley; Harland Hand Memorial Garden, 825 Shevlin Drive, El Cerrito; Leslie Piels & Family Garden, 904 Trestle Glen Road, Oakland; Potomac Waterworks, 2451 Potomac Street, Oakland; or Mediterranean Delight, 106 Estates Drive, Piedmont. Directions to the garden of Ann Leyhe in Berkeley will be provided at each location.
Cost: $5 per garden; children 12 & under free. Payable in cash or check at each location.
For More Information: See or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.

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