Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Texture in the Garden
On Thursday, September 13, at 2:30 p.m., at the Huntington Botanic Gardens, garden designer Steve Gerischer will discuss how plants with varied textures -- fuzzy, feathery, bristly, bumpy, and spiny -- can lend visual interest and often tactile appeal to the home landscape throughout the seasons. A plant sale follows the free talk. The event will be in Friends' Hall, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. For more info, call (626) 405-2100; or go to:

Clever Gardening Technique

Saving Sunflower Seed Heads
Cover sunflower seed heads with cheesecloth when birds start pecking, but also leave a couple of heads for the birds. Heads are ready to cure when the backside of the head is brown and dry with no trace of green. Cut off the seed head, leaving a foot or two of stalk attached. Hang it to cure -- still in the cheesecloth -- in a well-ventilated, warm location. When the backs are entirely brown and crisp, the seeds should snap out easily.


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