Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2002
Regional Report

Shows & Events

San Francisco Orchid Society's Pacific Orchid Exposition
The 50th Annual Orchid Show and Plant Sale takes place February 21 - 24 at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. This year's show is called "A Night In The Tropics." There are orchids to look at and orchids to buy. If you are a fan of this amazing plant, mark your calendar! The hours are Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 6pm and Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for seniors. For more information, call 415-665-2468 or visit the San Francisco Orchid Society Web site. Parking is available at the Marina Middle School, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan; a free shuttle is provided.

Favorite or New Plant

Daphne odora
Native to China and Japan, daphne has a fragrance all its own. This evergreen, winter-blooming, perennial shrub will perfume an entire garden with its delightful aroma. The tiny star-shaped flowers are pink and held in clusters at the ends of short, woody branches. The glossy foliage is handsome in itself. Daphne has the reputation of being difficult to grow. Perhaps "unpredictable" is a more accurate term. Sometimes plants that have lived in the same spot for years will suddenly curl up and die for no apparent reason.

Ideally, daphne requires moderate water, light shade during the hottest part of the day and excellent-draining soil. I recommend planting daphne in pure organic compost in a container. I also recommend planting daphne high in the soil, the same as you would plant a rhododendron, to make sure that the crown is not buried. Fertilize after the bloom period with a complete fertilizer. Since daphne prefers a soil pH of 7.0, no acid fertilizer please. If everything is right, your daphne will provide years of pleasure. Try one in your garden!


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