Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Garden Feast
The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society presents Garden Feast to honor Richard Goldman on Wednesday, September 26th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature seasonal tastings from local sustainable farms, an organic marketplace, entertainment, a silent auction, and a luncheon prepared by the incomparable Dan McCall Associates. For more info, call (415) 564-3239 x 304; or e-mail This is a fund-raising event. Please reserve by Monday, September 17, 2007.

Tool or Gardening Product

Fiskars PowerGear Cutting Tools
Fiskars has announced their new line of cutting tools that have received the Arthritis Foundation Award for Ease-of-Use. Nearly one in three Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. Fiskars' solution to this problem was to develop a series of seven cutting tools -- the PowerGear loppers, pruners, and hedge shears -- that work with gears to make cutting easier. The hand pruners feature a rolling handle that greatly reduces friction. These are the shears I use.

The tools are of a quality you'd expect from Fiskars, easy to maintain, and easy to find in the garden with their distinctive orange handles. Fiskars is one of the oldest companies in the world, founded in 1649. They must be doing something right.


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