Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Watercolor Exhibit
"Echoes of Darwin," an exhibition of watercolors by the San Francisco Botanical Garden Masterclass Artists, is is open to the public daily from January 2 through March 31, 2009, from 10am to 4pm. An Artists' Reception celebrating Darwin's 200th Birthday takes place from 5 to 7pm, on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture San Francisco Botanical Garden At Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco. For more information please call 415/661-1316 x403 or visit .

Favorite or New Plant

I love colorful nemesia. They are a low-growing or trailing cool-season annual that are delightful when planted in hanging baskets or as borders. Nemesia has the same growth habit as lobelia. The colors are fabulous, ranging from yellow to orange to purple, pink, red and everything in between. The only color I haven't seen is true blue, but they do come in lavender. Purchase nemesia as cell packs and plant when the days are shorter than the nights. Nemesia will carry you through the cold weather, but don't be surprised when they fade in spring, although I have seen them thriving through early summer in cool weather regions such as South San Francisco and Daly City.


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