Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Native Plant Sale
Scores of hard-to-find native plants, seeds, and bulbs suitable for California gardens will be on sale at the Fall Native Plant Sale organized by California Native Plant Society (Santa Clara Valley Chapter) on Saturday, October 14, 2006, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hidden Villa Ranch, CNPS Nursery, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Speak to experts about lawn alternatives, such as native perennials, wildflowers, and grasses. Purchase native plant books, posters, and note cards. Come early for the best selection; bring boxes to carry your purchases. Cash or check only. For more information, call (650) 691-9749; visit:; or e-mail:


Gardening on Hard Surfaces
I received the Timber Press catalog and was intrigued by this particular title: Gardening on Pavement, Tables and Hard Surfaces, by George Schenk (Timber Press, 2004; $29.95). When the book arrived, I was delighted! Schenk has opened a whole new world to gardening. Driveways, parking lots, concrete backyards, and fallen tree stumps are all growable! You will be astounded when you see what he can do with a paved sidewalk! Schenk provides lists of suitable shallow-rooted plants, glorious photographs to inspire, step-by-step instructions, and a garden tour in photos where you can see the art put into practice. All is interspersed with subtle wit and humor.


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