Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Living Stonework
ne way to reduce water usage in your garden is to increase the hardscape. On Saturday, September 26, 2009 renowned stonemason Edwin Hamilton will lead a discussion on his recent masonry and sculpture projects at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Hamilton's 25 years of experience have included an impressive array of projects around the country. The presentation will offer a detailed look at the design and construction of San Francisco Botanical Garden's Rhododendron Pavilion and Library Terrace Garden, as well as two ongoing residential projects in St. Helena, CA and Aspen, CO. A walk will follow the lecture, with a visit to several examples of Hamilton's stonework at the Botanical Garden.

The event takes place from 9:30am-12:30pm, Saturday, September 26, 2009, at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at the Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco. $65 general public, $55 for SF Botanical Garden Society members. For more information call 415/661-1316 x400 or visit

Clever Gardening Technique

Open Clay Soil
Use a spading fork to open the soil in hard-packed areas. Use your foot to drive the tines deep into the compacted earth. By opening the surface of the soil, you will allow water and nutrients to reach the roots of the plants. You will also allow the surface mulch to work its way down into the soil, increasing friability and improving the texture.


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