Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Natives & Succulents Plant Sale
The San Francisco Botanical Garden presents the September 2007 plant sale featuring California native plants and succulents from around the world on Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The plant sale will feature many different of varieties of California natives, including some specific to San Francisco. And don't forget to save a spot for some succulents! There will be no shortage of agaves, aloes, or aeoniums.

All the plants are suitable for Bay Area gardens and are propagated from the Botanical Garden's own collection. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. For info, call (415) 661-1316; or visit:

Clever Gardening Technique

Eat the Weed!
My grandfather served tender wild fennel roots raw with a side dish of olive oil, salt, and fresh ground pepper for dipping. You could add a little balsamic vinegar if you like. The fennel is best in early spring before the butterflies arrive, when it is tender and sweet.
He cleaned and washed the fennel bulbs (the tender part of the plant near the base) so that just a few inches of stalk were left. Then he sliced the bulbs in quarters, a perfect size for dipping. The stalk served as a handle of sorts, so that you could dip into the salted olive oil. This is finger food at its best! The sweet fennel bulb is crunchy like celery, but it has a unique licorice flavor. Try it!


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