Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Live Butterflies at the Conservatory of Flowers
Fly on over to the Conservatory of Flowers this spring because the butterflies are back, and there are more than ever. The popular exhibit, "The Butterfly Zone," runs through November 2, 2008, with double the number of butterflies. Special new Night Safaris starting in May let you search with flashlights for nocturnal moths. The exhibit is a unique opportunity to walk amongst a wide variety of brightly colored blossoms while free-flying butterflies flit from flower to flower, drinking nectar and getting covered in pollen. Visitors can see a dazzling array of more than 25 species of colorful butterflies including Zebra Longwings, Julias, Swallowtails, and Monarchs. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Night Safaris start at 8 p.m. on first and third Thursdays of the month from May 1 to October 2, 2008. For info, call (415) 666-7001; or
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Clever Gardening Technique

Containers on the Rise
To prevent your container plants from sitting in water, which promotes root rot, set the pots up on blocks cut from 2x4 lumber. This simple step will prevent damage to wooden decks.


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