Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

The Huntington Rose Garden is Almost 100 Years Old!
On Thursday, December 13, at 2:30 p.m., Huntington Rose Garden Curator Clair Martin will discuss and show slides of the rose garden over the past 100 years. A plant sale will follow. The free event will be at the Friends' Hall, Huntington Botanic Garden, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. For more info, call (626) 405-2100; or go to:

Clever Gardening Technique

Candle Decorations From Your Garden
Decorate candles with flowers and foliage that you've grown and pressed yourself. Place small flowers, leaves, and vines between paper towels, and weigh down with a heavy book overnight. Pieces should be limp but not moist or crispy. Use a glue stick to tack them into place on candles. Mix and match colors, or use white candles to highlight the colors of the flowers and leaves.

In an empty coffee can tall enough to hold the candle, melt six cakes of paraffin by setting it in a pan of boiling water. Dip the candle, with its tacked-on flowers and leaves, into the liquid paraffin, and hold it or set it upright until it's cool. Dip again if a thicker coating is desired.


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