Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Bouquets to Art 2009
Bouquets to Art is the largest fundraiser held to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and one of the country's premier floral events. Local floral artists present their interpretation of a piece of art work from the museum's permanent collection. Their stunning results bring the museum to life with color and fragrance. The Fundraiser takes place on March 16 - 21, 2009, at the DeYoung Museum, Golden Gate Park. General admission, allowing full access to all floral exhibits and special exhibition galleries, is $20 adults; $17 seniors; $16 youth; and free to children under 13 and Fine Arts Museums members. For more information visit

Clever Gardening Technique

Recycled Cloche
Protect young pea plants with a cloche made from a recycled plastic water bottle. Remove the cap and cut the bottom of the bottle off with a sharp knife or scissors. Place the prepared cloches, or, mini greenhouses, over the just-emerging pea plants. Push the cut end into the soil about 1 inch. The clear plastic will trap heat and allow air to circulate through the cap opening. The peas will be protected from hungry birds and snails. These simple cloches are easy to make, they stack easily for storage and work well for all kinds of seedlings.


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