Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Garden Feast
Support one of the nation's finest botanical gardens at Garden Feast 2009, the annual garden party and benefit luncheon for San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, 11am-2pm, on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, on the rolling lawn of the Garden's Great Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

In keeping with the Society's mission to build communities of support for the Garden and cultivate the bond between people and plants, Garden Feast 2009 will celebrate the importance of sustainable garden practices and the necessity to conserve Earth's biological diversity. Garden Feast guests will enjoy a sumptuous mid-day meal crafted by McCall Associates. Festivities include a silent auction and a raffle for a magnificent seven-night stay for two in Paris, France, with the choice of four private properties and the opportunity to tour the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg, or one of the many other fantastic Parisian gardens.

Mayor Gavin Newsom will receive the 2009 Green Champion Award for his extraordinary leadership and pioneering initiatives that have made San Francisco one of the "greenest" cities in the United States. The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society's annual Green Champion Award was established to acknowledge leadership, innovation, and achievement in sustainability, environmentalism, and conservation of the planet's biodiversity. "We are honored to acknowledge Mayor Newsom as the 2009 Green Champion," said Michael McKechnie, Executive Director, SFBGS. "It is because of him and his ideals that San Francisco is a truly eco-friendly, 21st century urban center -- an inspiring showcase of environmental and sustainable practices."

Keynote speaker Nell Newman is the co-founder and president of Newman's Own Organics: The Second Generation, which started as the organic division of Newman's Own and has been an independent company since 2000. The daughter of actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Ms. Newman credits her parents with teaching her by example to be socially responsible, politically involved, and philanthropic. Ms. Newman holds a B.S. in human ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine; worked with the Environmental Defense Fund in New York; served as executive director of the Ventana Wilderness Sanctuary in central California; and has been a fundraiser for the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group. Ms. Newman's thoughts on how to make a difference are highlighted in her book, The Newman's Own Organics Guide to a Good Life: Simple Measures That Benefit You and the Place You Live (Villard, 2003), written with science writer Joseph D'Agnese. At Garden Feast 2009, Ms. Newman will discuss her commitment to organic foods and sustainable agriculture, and share her realistic, practical advice on why living a more environmentally conscious life helps us all.

Proceeds of Garden Feast 2009 benefit San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, a non-profit organization founded to support San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum. Garden Feast 2009 sponsors include Bonterra Vineyards.

Favorite or New Plant

Seafoam Statice
Seafoam statice (Limonium perezii) is a hardy perennial plant that thrives and blooms through out the spring and summer with large clusters of long-lasting purple blossoms. It is one of my very favorite plants and commands a large area of my small community garden plot. Perfect for either fresh or dry flower arrangements, this beautiful flower performs will in windy conditions and in sandy or clay soil. The handsome dark green leaves are round and low to the ground, while the flower stalks stand above the foliage on 12- to 18-inch stalks. It will occasionally freeze in cold weather, but usually comes back from the root. Propagation is from division or seed.


Today's site banner is by nmumpton and is called "Gymnocalycium andreae"