Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

12th Annual Herb Festival
On Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Quail Botanic Gardens in Encinitas will host the 12th Annual Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale, and Tomatomania. Lucinda Hutson from Austin, Texas, author of The Herb Garden Cookbook and Tequila! Cooking with the Spirit of Mexico will speak at 2:30 p.m. on both days. The event also features Herb Festival Marketplace, Spring Plant Sale, A-Z of Herbs information booths, ongoing speakers on garden and herb-related topics, and guided tours of the herb garden. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/military/students, $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Members and children under 3 are free. There is also a $1 parking fee per vehicle. For more information, call (760) 436-3036, ext 206; e-mail:; or go to:

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Use Beautiful, Drought-Tolerant Plants
Consider landscaping with plants that thrive under conditions of drought and neglect. Some flowering annuals include alyssum, cosmos, gazanias, geraniums, helichrysum, marigolds, morning glories, phlox, portulaca, thunbergia, verbena, vinca, and zinnias.

Perennials with great tolerance for drought include achillea, anaphalis, artemisia, asclepias, coreopsis, daylilies, dianthus, echinopsis, eryngium, gaillardia, lavandula, potentilla, salvias, santolina, Sedum sempervivum, stachys, thyme, and veronica.

Shrubs include Australian fuchsias, ceanothus, coffee berries, cotoneasters, pineapple guavas, manzanitas, rock roses, and verbenas (an especially good ground cover). Many beautiful flowering shrubs are naturally drought resistant and can help birds and small animals survive next winter by providing food and habitat. Dwarf pomegranate, pyracantha, and barberry are excellent choices for fall and winter color.


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