Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
25th Annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
March 24 - 28, 2010
San Mateo Count Fairgrounds.
World class display gardens, a comprehensive seminar series, and a gigantic garden market place are only part of the new, improved SF Flower and Garden Show. The theme this year is "Gardens of the Future" and will include sustainable gardening practices, growing edibles and farm-to-table programs. There will be a full sized outdoor Victory Garden. The 20 display gardens will feature green roofs and walls, drought-tolerant plants and glorious container plantings all enhanced by elegant design. "Sproutopia" (hands-on activities and demos for the kids), food, wine, beer, coffee and live music for the adults, what more can you ask?
Wednesday, March 24 through Sunday, March 28, 2010 at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds.
10am -8pm Wednesday through Saturday. 10am - 6pm Sunday.
One day adult passes may be purchased at the door for $20. Advance purchase at local nurseries; $16. Children under 5 are admitted free. Half day tickets, sold after 3pm to closing Wed. though Sat. $13.

Clever Gardening Technique

Forcing Bulbs Indoors
To bring the magic of spring indoors, plant spring blooming bulbs such as narcissus, tulips or hyacinth in a pot or container that has a drainage hole, using fresh potting soil. The pointed end of the bulb goes up. Water well after planting and set the prepared bulbs in a cool location. The vegetable crisper of your refrigerator is ideal. The bulbs should rest in the cool environment for at least 4 weeks. Remove the container from the chilled environment and place it in a cool room where there is a source of light - a sunny window is ideal. Keep the potting medium damp but not wet. The bulbs should begin to grow in a week or two, followed by flowers soon there after.


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