Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2004
Regional Report


Sunset Theme Gardens
I didn't see a jungle garden in Sunset Theme Gardens, by Hazel White (Sunset Publishing Co., 2004; $14.95) but there was just about every other type of landscape style you could imagine -- formal gardens, sanctuary gardens, English country gardens, contemporary displays, and urban Japanese landscapes. There are plant lists and beautiful color photos so you can duplicate any style of garden in the book. There are tips on how to create small details, such as tying bamboo stakes together to achieve a certain look. Another winner from Sunset!

Local Buzz

Control Found for Sudden Oak Death!
Agrifos Plus Pentra-Bark for the control of sudden oak death in oak trees has been registered for usage in California. It's mixed with water and sprayed onto the oak tree trunk up to a 9-foot height or from the first branch to ground level, using standard spray equipment. It can be used as both a curative and preventative spray. For more information, contact Lawn and Garden Products, Inc., P.O. Box 35000, Fresno, CA 93745; (559) 499-2100, or visit their Web site:


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