Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Wildflower Show
The 36th Annual Wildflower Show in Santa Clara on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will showcase the plant biodiversity of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The region's premier botanical/horticultural event will display over 400 species of wildflowers and native plants, each accurately labeled, many suitable for the home garden. There will be free classes on native plant identification, growing wildflowers, and gardening with native plants. Books, posters, seeds, and note cards will be for sale. The event will be at Mission College, Hospitality Management Building, 3000 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara. Parking will be free in Lot C only. Sponsored by California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, and the Mission College Biological Sciences Department. For more information, call (650) 941-1068; e-mail:; or visit


Allergy-free Gardening
Tom Ogren has compiled a list of plants, rated on a scale of 1 to 10, that cause allergic reactions in his book, Allergy-free Gardening (Ten Speed Press, 2000; $29.95). His scientific explanations of why people are suffering more from allergic reactions today makes for compelling reading. Every city park and every landscape desiger should have a copy of this book for reference.


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