Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

California Native Plant Society
Bart O'Brien will present a discussion of the issues related to growing
California native plants on Friday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Library Program Room, 13 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The topic -- "The Intersection of Conservation and Gardening" -- will cover these questions: What should one consider when planting natives? How can our actions positively or negatively affect the functioning of biological systems?

O'Brien is currently director of horticulture and curator of the Living Collection at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California. He has introduced many native plant cultivars into the horticultural industry, and recently coauthored the planting guidelines for the LA river watershed. The talk is sponsored by the California Native Plant Society.

Directions: From Foothill Expressway, travel on San Antonio Road towards the Bay, cross Hillview and turn right into the driveway; library is on the left. From El Camino, travel towards the hills on San Antonio Road, cross Edith, and turn left into the unmarked driveway just before Hillview. The sign on San Antonio Road reads "Civic Center, Library and History Museum." Enter through the lobby of the main entrance, which faces a driveway located off San Antonio Road between Hillview and Edith. If the library lot is full, proceed to the adjourning lot for Hillview Community Center.

CNPS general meetings are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact chapter Vice President, Judy Fenerty, at (408) 378-6272, or


Linnea in Monet's Garden
I was enchanted by the story and illustrations of the charming children's book, Linnea in Monet's Garden, by Christina Bjork (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987; $14). It's about a visit to Claude Monet's garden in Giverny, France, through a child's eyes. It is a combination of travel journal, art, history, and delightful whimsey. If you have a young gardener in your family, I recommend this colorful publication.


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