Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2013
Regional Report

Shows & Events

San Francisco Botanical Garden Magnolia Festival
One of the world's greatest magnolia collections ushers in the New Year with a dazzling display of flowers at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park as nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias erupt in a fragrant riot of vibrant pink and white flowers. This not-to-be-missed floral spectacle, with trees reaching 80 feet, is at its peak from mid-January through March, and visitors to the Garden can take advantage of free Magnolia Walk maps, docent-led tours, and special signage to celebrate and learn about these magnificent trees. San Francisco Botanical Gardens current collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars, including many prized examples from Asia. The Garden is open from 9 AM to 5 PM (February - early March); 9 AM to 6 PM (2nd Sunday in March - April). San Francisco residents get free admission with proof of residence.
Non-residents: $7 general, $5 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $2 children 5-11; children 4 and under free; families of two adults and one or more child pay $15. For more information visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org, or call (415) 661-1316.

Clever Gardening Technique

The Secret of the Shine
Glossy leaves can be achieved by cleaning indoor plants with a solution of non-fat milk. Mix 1/2-cup of non-fat milk in one quart of warm water, add one or two drops of mild dishwashing soap. Wash individual leaves with the solution and a soft cloth or sponge to remove dust. No need to rinse. This technique works very well with large-leaved plants such as monstera and ficus.

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