Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Rancho Santa Ana Plant Sale
The 23rd annual sale of more than 10,000 native and drought-tolerant plants, plus wildflower seeds and spring bulbs. Also, books and gifts. Great bookstore with lots of gems for kids. After acquainting yourself with the extensive garden areas planted with the home landscape in mind, explore the hinterlands out into the "real" Southern California.

November 3-4. Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sunday 9am-1pm. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 North College Avenue, Clarement. For more information, call (909) 625-8767.

Local Buzz

Never Burn Oleander Prunings
After you've pruned your oleanders, remember not to burn the trimmings. The entire plant is toxic, including the smoke from burning and the water in which flowers have been placed. According to the AMA Handbook on Poisonous and Injurious Plants, the toxins in the plant are cardioactive glycosides similar to those in digitalis. However, you can compost oleander leaves, flowers, and stems--but only if the pile gets hot enough--since bacteria and fungi will break down the organic compounds. Large stems and branches that won't compost quickly should be discarded.


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