Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2013
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Habitat Gardening Workshop
There are many ways to enhance the wildlife value of any garden. In workshop at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, participants will learn about successful Bay Area wildlife gardens and ponds, plants for each season and some of the birds, pollinators and other wildlife these gardens attract. You'll look at a variety of habitat plants at the Nursery and discuss their care in a garden setting, and end with a tour of the Native Plant Garden where you will see many of the plants that nourish birds, butterflies and other wildlife species. The workshop will be presented on Saturday, September 7, from 10 am to 1 pm. Cost for members is $25; non-members, $30. For more information or to register, go to or call 415-661-1316.

Clever Gardening Technique

Semi Hardwood Cuttings
Summer is the ideal time to take semi-hardwood cuttings from roses. When leaves are mature and tender growth is beginning to harden, select a healthy branch and cut a tip section about 8 - 10 inches long. Take several cuttings to allow for some not rooting. Remove the lower leaves, dip the prepared cuttings in rooting hormone, and then place in a pot full of damp soil or sand. Cut their remaining leaves in half. Cover the prepared cuttings, including the pot, with a plastic bag to retain moisture and place in a bright location. Keep the cuttings moist by misting frequently. You should begin to see new growth in about 6 weeks, at which point you can remove the plastic bag. Continue nursery care until planting time next spring.

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