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Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Mid-Autumn Skies Evening Walk
Join Bing Quock from California Academy of Sciences for an evening of stargazing at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park on Friday, November 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The approach of winter brings with it early sunsets, and the constellations of summer are giving way to star patterns of fall: Pegasus the Flying Horse and Andromeda the Princess are taking center stage from the Summer Triangle. Among these stars are deep-sky jewels such as star clusters, the Ring Nebula, and the Andromeda Galaxy.

A laser-guided tour of the constellations is supplemented by telescopic observation of star clusters and nebulae. Dress warmly and bring binoculars and a red-colored flashlight, if you have them. Meet 15 minutes before tour at the Main Gate.

For information, call (415) 661-1316; or go to: http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Foil Gophers
If gophers are a problem in your area, fill the bottom of planting holes with crushed granite. The sharp-edged stones are hard on gopher teeth. This will not stop gopher problems altogether, however it will make them stop and think. This tip is especially useful when planting spring-blooming bulbs.

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