Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

If you like hellebores, you won't want to miss Hellebores: Playing Cupid with the Gene Pool, a talk by expert plant breeder Charles Price, of the award-winning garden design team Withey and Price. Price will share how his exploration into the gene pool of these versatile garden favorites has vastly improved the color range of the flowers, which now extends from slate grey, near-black, deep purple and plum, through rich red and pinks to yellow, white, and green. The event will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, August 20, at San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. $5 for general pubic; free to S.F. Botanical Garden Society & Cal Hort members. For info, call (415) 661-1316; or visit:

Tool or Gardening Product

I must be the last person on the planet to discover Crocs. I picked up a pair of hot pink Crocs clogs on a whim -- they weren't too expensive and I was desperate for a pair of comfortable shoes. I ran into a friend wearing them in the store and asked if they were comfortable. She rolled her eyes in a dreamy manner and said they were like wearing marshmellows. So I tried a pair and let a sigh of relief escape my lips. Crocs are sheer bliss! The rubber/plastic stuff that they are made from is like memory foam. I have funny bent toes, and they just melted into the shoes. For garden wear, they are perfect! Cool, ventilated, stiff enough for shoveling and sturdy enough for climbing hillsides. Treat your feet to a pair, if you haven't already done so.


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