Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Golden Gate Express
All aboard The Golden Gate Express for a San Francisco holiday experience like no other! This winter, Golden Gate Park's Conservatory of Flowers premieres its first garden railway exhibition. It's a celebration of the city of San Francisco as model trains wend their way through a lush landscape of dwarf plants and steam past mini versions of the city's landmark buildings. The Golden Gate Express is now view through April 19, 2009.

The Golden Gate Express is open Tuesdays - Sundays from 9 am to 4:30 pm and is included with admission to the Conservatory of $5 general; $3 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $1.50 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE. The public should call (415) 666-7001 or visit for more information.

Favorite or New Plant

Sweet Olive
My favorite winter blooming shrub is the sweet olive (Osmanthus). It's not fussy like daphne and the fragrance is not overpowering. The inconspicuous white flowers perfume the air with a heavenly sweet scent. Osmanthus is an evergreen that prefers full sun or partial shade and moderate water. The osmanthus will withstand heavy clay soil and can be planted as a background shrub, but I prefer to keep it near a frequently used entry so that I can enjoy the fragrance.


Today's site banner is by EscondidoCal and is called "Water Hibiscus"