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Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2003
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Strybing Plant Sale
Strybing Arboretum's end-of-the-season plant sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2003. In case you haven't been, the Strybing plant sales are wonderful! Just in time for fall planting, they give local gardeners and plant lovers a great excuse to take home that botanical treasure they've been wanting to try. This year, the arboretum has an abundance of native plants, including salvias and artemisias, ready to go into the ground.

The plants are in excellent shape. Several from previous sales reside in my own garden. Admission is free, and while you are in the park, stop by the Conservatory of Flowers. The butterflies in the demonstration wing will mesmerize you! For information, call (415) 661-1316 or visit their Web site:

Local Buzz

Breakthrough Treatment for Sudden Oak Death
AGRICHEM Company of Australia has developed a treatment that can save trees and shrubs infected with sudden oak death, a virulent microbe that spreads by airborne spores. Tens of thousands of oak trees have been killed in California already.

The chemical, known as phosphonate, is expected to be available to homeowners sometime this month. For about $30 per application, you can have a professional arborist either inject or spray infected trees. Call your local County Agricultural Extension Office for more details.


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