Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2001
Regional Report


The Olive in California
The Olive in California: History of an Immigrant Tree, by Judith M. Taylor, M.D. (Ten Speed Press, 2000; $32), is a fascinating history of the immigrant olive tree in California. The book covers how the olive tree first arrived in the West and the key role it played in the early economy of the developing state. It contains historical photos, plant sources of early California nurseries, an in-depth list of olive oil factories, and every other fact about olive culture that you can imagine. If you are a fan of this hardy landscape tree, The Olive in California is a must. It will give any reader a new respect for this noble and hardy pioneer.

Shows & Events

Pacific Orchid Exposition
The San Francisco Orchid Society's 49th annual Orchid Show and Plant Sale takes place February 23-25 at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. This year's show is called "2001: An Orchid Odyssey." The hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 general, $7 for seniors.

There are hundreds of orchids to look at and buy. For more information, call (415) 665-2468 or visit the Web site, (


Today's site banner is by Marilyn and is called "Salvia regla 'Royal'"