Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2003
Regional Report

Local Buzz

Strybing Has a New Name!
Strybing Arboretum is having a name change. After long debate, the City of San Francisco has decided to change the name of Strybing Arboretum to San Francisco Botanical Garden. It only makes sense. If you are like me, when you visit a city you make a trip to the local botanical garden. In the past, visitors to San Francisco would have to have local knowledge to find our botanical garden. Now, all they have to do is look in the phone book!

Favorite or New Plant

Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans) is a winter-blooming evergreen shrub. It provides a haunting fragrance that will welcome guests to your home when planted near an entryway. Unlike the fragrance of daphne or hyacinths, which can be overpowering, osmanthus has a sweet scent that seems to linger on the cold winter air. Osmanthus is not fussy in its growing requirements, and the flowers are not especially showy. However if you plant one of these hardy shrubs, you will be rewarded with years of trouble-free maintenance. Osmanthus will adapt to most garden soils. It prefers partial shade, very little water once established, and can be trained into small trees, hedges, or espaliers. It also makes an excellent container plant.


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