Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2000
Regional Report


Tom's Gazpacho
Our biggest treat of the early summer is making the first batch of gazpacho with fresh vegetables from the garden. My husband, Tom, prefers the veggies chopped into quarter-inch pieces and says that the best flavor comes on the second and third days following preparation. All proportions of vegetables and seasonings are to taste or what is overflowing the garden!


1 46-oz. can tomato juice and

2 8-oz. bottles clam juice


1 64-oz. bottle Clamato juice


1 cup beef broth


1 Tbsp beef broth seasoning


1/2 cup lemon juice

3 Tbsps red wine vinegar

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 large cucumber, chopped or grated

1 medium leek, chopped

1 Tbsp chopped chives

1 large green pepper, diced

1 large red pepper, diced

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 medium crookneck or zucchini squash, chopped or grated

2 large tomatoes, different colors, diced

1/2 tsp Lawry's seasoned salt

1/2 tsp Lawry's lemon pepper

1 Tbsp fresh dill

1 Tbsp fresh oregano

1/2 tsp cumin seed

1/2 tsp celery seed


Combine all ingredients well, blend, and refrigerate.

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Being A Garden Tourist
This website ( is an on-line version of the annual book, The Garden Tourist, which features gardening events across the continent and beyond. Since the book's publication almost a decade ago an yearly updates, I've depended on its listings to help me schedule short day trips and lengthy excursions alike. When heading out for a business or vacation trip, I've consulted the book to determine what garden sites and events I could visit nearby.

Now it's on the Web! Although I still find it easier to flip through the book when I'm browsing, the web site allows quick-focus access. Another plus is the on-line form for submitting new events. Listings by nonprofit botanical gardens, garden clubs, horticulture societies, etc., are free.


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