Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2013
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Front Yard Gardens Take Center Stage Seminar
Learn how to create an exciting landscape in your front yard, with borders filled with perennials, annuals, and shrubs; habitats for butterflies and birds; even edibles, at the Ruth Bancroft Horticultural Seminar the Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek, CA on October 25, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Presented by the Ruth Bancroft Garden and the Garden Conservancy, the seminar features a lively mix of nationally recognized writers, designers, and garden experts, including Gordon Hayward, Evelyn Hadden, John Greenlee, Ivette Soler, and Vera Gates. Round out lectures, lunch, and book signings with optional garden tours and a sunset reception at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Cost is $85 for members of the Garden Conservancy, Ruth Bancroft Garden, Gardens at Heather Farm, and Pacific Horticulture Society; general admission is $100. For more information or to register, go to or call 415-441-4300.

Clever Gardening Technique

Container Planting Tip
If you plant in containers, here is a tip you can use to save a little money. The roots of most annual flowering plants only grow 8 to 12 inches deep into the soil. If you are planting in a large, deep container, there is no need to fill it with soil all the way to the bottom of the pot. Styrofoam packing peanuts are perfect for taking up space at the bottom of a pot. Any kind of styrofoam packing may be used, so long as it fits in the pot. Cover the styrofoam with landscape fabric or plastic window screen to prevent the soil from falling through. Add fresh potting soil on top of the fabric and plant. This tip not only saves you money on potting soil, it also reduces the weight of heavy containers.

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