Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2004
Regional Report


The Gardens of Alcatraz
The Gardens of Alcatraz (Golden Gate National Parks Association, 1996; $21.95) is a combined effort of several authors who address the history, plants, gardeners, and unique growing conditions of Alcatraz Island. It is a loving testament to those who created the gardens over 100 years ago and to those who are working to recreate them now. Antique photos of Victorian ladies having a tea party in the Citadel Garden, and modern day vistas of blooming aloe grace the pages.

Shows & Events

Bancroft Garden Seminar
On Friday, August 6, The Garden Conservancy is sponsoring an all-day seminar at the Ruth Bancroft Garden Conservancy in the Civic Arts Education Building. "Hot Summer Gardening; The Right Plant Choices Will Beat the Heat" will focus on succulent and other drought-tolerant plants that are appropriate for our dry microclimates. These plants have traditionally been underutilized in planting and garden design. The 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. seminar costs $70 for non-members and includes a box lunch. To register, visit the Web site: Even if you are too late for this seminar, the Ruth Bancroft Gardens are worth a visit.


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