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Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Fragrant Alstroemeria

National News

Alstroemeria or Peruvian lily is a common cut flower often used in floral bouquets. It is a versatile perennial that?s hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. The orchid-like flowers come in a variety of...

High Nitrogen Levels Reduce Health Benefits of Veggies

Many herbs and spices are known to contain potent antioxidant compounds. However, it?s not always clear how growing conditions affect the levels of antioxidants in plants. Researchers at...

Love at First Sight Rose Video

Roses are one of America?s best-loved flowers. Few home gardeners realize the time, energy, and money that go into breeding and growing a variety for market. A new variety takes years of trials...

Farmers for Hire: New Trend in Urban Gardening

In hard economic times everyone wants to cut costs. While growing your own food can save money and produce fresh, healthy vegetables in your own yard, it does take time and expertise. People in...

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In the Garden


Create a Colorful Hanging Basket

San Francisco has a glorious display of baskets hanging on the lamp posts in front of City Hall. If you have never created this kind of planting, why not give it a try? Winter is probably a good time to start because you wont be a slave to the watering...
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Shows & Events

Watercolor Exhibit "Echoes of Darwin," an exhibition of watercolors by the San Francisco Botanical Garden...

Favorite or New Plant

Nemesia I love colorful nemesia. They are a low-growing or trailing cool-season annual that are...
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Regional Reminders

  • Water Plants Under Eaves
  • Frost Watch
  • Sharpen Cutting Tools
  • Cut Back Flowering Perennials
  • Care for Living Christmas Trees

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