Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Bring Back The Natives Garden Tour
This year the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour is sponsoring a series of fall plant sales and garden tours. On Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 10:00 - 4:00, a free Native Plant Sale Extravaganza will take place. Native plants will be sold in Berkeley, Concord, Moraga, Oakland, Orinda, Richmond, San Lorenzo, and San Pablo. Attendance is free, registration is required. In addition to the Extravaganza, eight Select Tours are being offered for $30 per person throughout September and October. For more information and reservations please visit

Clever Gardening Technique

Locate Tomato Hornworms
Tomato hornworms are very destructive and almost invisible. These large caterpillars can consume the foliage of tomato plants at an alarming pace. Their unique coloring makes them very difficult to spot among the leaves. One tip to help locate them is to look for frass (caterpillar poop) on the leaves, then look directly above. The frass resembles tiny black seeds and is a sure sign that the hornworm is not far away.

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