Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

5th Annual Going Native Garden Tour
At the 5th Annual Going Native Garden Tour on Sunday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, in Santa Clara Valley and the peninsula, you'll visit home gardens that are water-wise, low maintenance, low on chemical use, bird and butterfly friendly, and attractive. Admission is free but registration is required at before April 28 or until the tour reaches capacity, whichever comes first. Volunteers receive invitations to visit native gardens throughout the year. For more information, e-mail:

Favorite or New Plant

Have you tried growing nasturtiums from seed? They grow really well in this area and are very rewarding. The flowers are edible and have a peppery flavor, the foliage is vigorous and handsome, and the plants are almost bullet-proof. Overwatering, underwatering, overfertilizing, light foot traffic -- nothing seems to bother these hardy annuals. If you are feeling dejected about recent gardening failures, plant some nasturtiums. They take a while to germinate, so be patient. Once they get started, stand back! Partial shade, full sun ... they don't care. This is my kind of plant.


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