Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Roger's Gardens 14th Annual Tomato and Pepper Tasting
Expert tomato grower Steve Goto will provide dozens of heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties for tasting at Roger's Gardens 14th Annual Tomato and Pepper Tasting on Saturday, August 23, from 9 to 10 a.m. Learn about new varieties, decide on the flavors you like best, and ask your hardest tomato growing questions. Gardeners are encouraged to bring tomatoes from their own gardens and add them to the tasting. Just separate them by variety and the staff will do all the cutting and preparation while you taste tomatoes. Due to popular demand, staff horticulturist David Rizzo will be returning again this year with a collection of peppers from his home garden for taste testing as well. Roger's Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit http://rogersgardens.com/events/the-14th-annual-tomato-pepper-tasting/

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Donate to Stop California's Next Plant Invasion Before It Starts
Beautifully disguised, but ugly to the core, invasive plants ravage California's native habitat, clog waterways, provide dangerous fuel for wildfires and cost California taxpayers over $82 million each year. The good news is that future plant invasions can be prevented. PlantRight, led by the nonprofit organization Sustainable Conservation (www.suscon.org), has been working since 2005 with California's nursery industry to phase out invasive ornamental plants in ways that are good for business and good for the environment. Now they have come up with a novel approach to stop California's next plant invasion before it starts. Join them in this effort by supporting their campaign to stop a new threat that's poised to invade California's wild lands: Mexican feathergrass (Nassella or Stipa tenuissima). Although graceful and delicate in appearance, this vigorous South American native self-sows in abundance, crowding out pasture species as well as native grasses in coastal areas.

PlantRight recognizes that well-meaning nurseries and garden centers are caught with this invasive inventory on hand. Today, one of the top growers of Mexican feathergrass has 14,000 plants in the production pipeline ready to ship to 200 nurseries throughout the state. But they're willing to forgo profit and sell them at cost to PlantRight. (This grower has stopped all production of this plant, is helping to dispose of it in an environmentally responsible fashion, and is now helping educate retail customers.)

A $5 donation to Plant Right's campaign pulls two Mexican feathergrass plants out of distribution, a $10 donation pulls four, and so on. And to magnify the benefit of donations, an especially inspired donor will match all contributions made by July 18 dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. Help PlantRight meet their goal of $10,000 in donations by July 18. To make a secure online donation or to learn more about the campaign to stop Mexican feathergrass in its tracks, go to Stop California's Next Plant Invasion. Learn more about more about all PlantRight's projects, the impact of invasive plants in California, and how you can help at PlantRight.

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