Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Holiday Traditions at Filoli
Come experience the excitement of Filoli's spectacular 9-day Holiday Traditions fundraising event on November 28 through December 6, 2008. This year's theme, The Holly and the Ivy, symbolizing the warmth and goodwill of the season, is reflected in the festive decorations of the house and garden. Shop the Holiday Boutique with its wide range of unique holiday merchandise, while performers sing and play seasonal melodies. You can relax in Filoli's charming setting while sipping holiday tea or having lunch. The Evening Dinner Party, an elegant occasion of dining, live music, and dancing in the ballroom, is also a great way to celebrate the season. Come enjoy the warmth and magic of Holiday Traditions.
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Myths and Miracles of garden plants
Planthropology, The Myths, Mysteries and Miracles of My Garden Favorites, by Ken Druse (Clarkson Potter, 2008) offers not only stunning photography, but also a rare look at plant history, biology, economics, and cultural significance. The book is liberally peppered with fascinating anecdotes, miraculous scientific truths, and captivating information. For example, throughout history several flowers have been worth more than gold. Today's most valuable bloom is the crocus with stamens that are the source of the spice saffron. Or, on a voyage from the colonies to Europe, sailors were stricken with scurvy. Among their transported treasures was a plant with bark that the men brewed into a vitamin C-packed tea, which saved their lives. The plant was given the name arborvide, Latin for "Tree of Life." This is an interesting book for any gardener. 288 pages including index.


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