Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Rose Pruning Demonstration
On Saturday, January 5, at 10 a.m., in Van de Kamp Hall, Descanso Garden's Rose Curator Wen Wang will present a slide show on the care of roses, including fertilizing, disease control, and pest management. Then he will demonstrate how to prune the various types of roses in the garden, which has more than 3000 bushes. Free with garden admission. The garden is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. For more information and to register, call (818)949-4200 or go to: http://www.descansogardens.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Purslane, the Edible Weed
It's wonderful to have something bright green growing in the garden all winter, and this includes even some weeds. You'll recognize purslane as the weedy relative of portulaca. Its succulent branches and leaves contain many vitamins and minerals, offer somewhat tart, citrus flavor to raw salads, and make wonderful stir-fries or ratatouilles. But then, what greens aren't wonderful when added to sauteed onion, garlic, and parsley?

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