Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2002
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Lunar New Year Flower Market
Celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome in the Year of the Horse at Strybing Arboretum's third annual Lunar New Year Flower Market. You are invited to shop for traditional plants and flowers for the Chinese New Year Celebrations such as plum blossoms, kumquats, orchids and lucky money plants, or choose from the selection of rare and hard-to-find flowers and plants, such as the Vietnamese Tet plant and the deliciously scented Buddha's hand citrus.

The marketplace will be blooming with activity, including an appearance by the award-winning West Coast Lion Dance Troupe, bonsai demonstrations, Chinese/English language tours of the Asian plant collections and fun free craft activities for children.

All proceeds benefit Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Garden's Southeast Asian Cloud Forest.

Lunar New Year Flower Market, Strybing Arboretum, Saturday, February 9, 2002, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Demonstration Gardens/Main Gate, Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco. Admission is free. Call 415/661-1316 or visit the Web site for more information.

Favorite or New Plant

Pieris Japonica
Pieris japonica has the common name of lily-of-the-valley shrub. I suppose that's because the winter blooming, drooping clusters of white flowers resemble the groundcover of the same name, but to me they look more like tiny strings of Japanese lanterns. (Unfortunately, the flowers have no fragrance.) I just love this hardy little shrub. It does well in shady locations, planted under trees or along the northern side of a structure. The foliage is variegated and delicate and both the flowers and the foliage hold up well in floral arrangements. A perennial evergreen, Pieris requires regular water, protection from sun and wind and an acid, well drained soil. It also does well in containers so you can easily regulate the water, soil and light conditions. Pruning is done after the bloom by removing the spent flowers.


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