Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2006
Regional Report


Treasures of the Conservatory of Flowers
Treasures of the Conservatory of Flowers, by Nina Sazevich (Heyday Press, 2006; $8.95), is a colorful little publication with beautiful photos by Kevin J. Frest. It covers the four main rooms in the Conservatory: the Lowland Tropics, Highland Tropics, Aquatic Plants, and Potted Plants. It also contains a short history of our beloved Conservatory of Flowers, including the restoration that began in 1989. Nina Sazevitch has done credit to her subject, and it is clear that this publication was a labor of love.

Clever Gardening Technique

Alternative to Toxic Fungicides
Fungicides are among the most toxic chemical in the gardener's arsenal. Here are a few alternatives:

1. Listerine - Mix 1 teaspoon in 1 quart warm water.
2. Hydrogen peroxide - Mix 1 tablespoon in 1 gallon water.
3. Mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon cooking oil in 1 quart warm water.

All of the above recipes should be mixed directly into the sprayer and applied every 10 days or until there is no evidence of fungus. In addition, cinnamon powder dusted directly onto damaged or cut areas can help prevent fungus on orchids.


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