Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2013
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Moving Shrubs
If you have a favorite plant but you want it on the other side of the garden, here is a trick for moving heavy plants. First, dig the new hole. Next, dig up the plant so that as much soil remains around the root ball as possible. Carefully lift the root ball onto a piece of tarp. Wet the ground between the old site and the new so that the plant can slide easily along the ground. Pull the tarp to the new planting site. Using the tarp saves having to lift and carry heavy plants over long distances. Wetting the ground makes it easier to slide the tarp along. As always, water immediately after transplanting.

Shows & Events

Autumnal Walk in the Clouds
Discover the secrets of the Cloud Forests of Central and South America in this informative tour with San Francisco Botanical Garden Curator Dr. Don Mahoney on Saturday, November 16, from 2-3:30 p.m. The Garden is the only place besides their native lands where you can walk outside among these plants, many rare and endangered. Find tasty fuchsia berries and tiny relatives of the kiwi, learn about medicinal plants, and how these rare plants came to San Francisco and what is happening to these magical places in the wild. Cost is $10 for members; $20 for non-members. The Garden is located at the corner of 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. For more information or to register, go to or call 415-661-1316.

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