Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Color: A Winter Carnivale
If the gray days of winter give you the blues, make your way over to the Conservatory of Flowers for a breathtaking blast of vibrant color and beauty in the new exhibit, Color: A Winter Carnivale, on view November 20 through March 3. It's spectacular, with more color than most gardens display in midsummer. Hundreds of plants are arranged in color clusters of red, blue, purple, orange, yellow, green, and silver/white, creating a living rainbow of bright blooms and luminous leaves. Whimsical design elements such as jeweled pendants, lanterns, and mobiles lend the display a dazzling turn-of-the-century World's Fair atmosphere. Children will love the Wheel of Flora-tune, a casino-quality big spin that sends them on a hunt for color clues. Fun facts appear throughout the exhibition to help visitors understand the role that colors play in botanical strategies of survival.

For info, call (415) 666-7001, or go to:


If you have ever dreamed of having your own greenhouse, Sunset Publishing Company has created the perfect how-to book for you. Greenhouses (2001; $12.95) examines everything from design to drainage, shelving, lighting, vents, and alternatives to the common greenhouse -- the solar pit. There are illustrations to inspire, space-saving tips, and water conservation tips. It's good, useful information -- just what you'd expect from Sunset Books.


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