Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2003
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Flower Market
Get ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome in the year of the Monkey at Strybing Arboretum's 5th annual Flower Market on Saturday, January 17, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop for live blooming plants that have long symbolized rebirth and new growth. Flowers are believed to be emblematic of wealth and high positions. Lucky is the home with a plant that blooms on New Year's Day, for that foretells a year of prosperity.

Strybing will offer a number of plants known to represent omens for a rich and plentiful year, including azaleas, kumquats, orchids, and lucky money plants. There will be flower arranging demonstrations, traditional Asian folk dancers, and two special performances by the Red Panda Acrobats.

The event will be in the arboretum's County Fair Building, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco. All proceeds benefit Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens' Southeast Asian Cloud Forest. For more info, call (415) 661-1316 or visit:

Favorite or New Plant

Heather (Erica) is an evergreen shrub that provides color to winter gardens. Pink and feathery E. canaliculata, sometimes called Christmas heather, is one of my favorite plants, and it is very happy to live in large containers. The plant will grow to 6 feet and spread to 4 feet so give it plenty of room. I love using this particular plant in flower arrangements. Heather requires partial shade in hot climates, but here in the bay area it is fabulous if you provide adequate water.


Today's site banner is by nmumpton and is called "Gymnocalycium andreae"