Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Jazz at Filoli
Filoli is proud to present their 20th season of jazz, an ambitious and exciting lineup of six quality musical acts that guarantee to please.

Sunday afternoon jazz concerts are held outdoors on the beautiful grounds of Filoli. All proceeds go towards the preservation and conservation of Filoli. Besides being entertained by brilliant jazz musicians, the audience is pampered by hard-working Filoli volunteers. There is free parking for everyone and snacks and drinks, including beer and white wine available for sale. Tables are set up on the tennis court and shaded by umbrellas and ancient oak trees. Gourmet box lunches are available for purchase in advance. The audience is welcome to tour the House and Garden before and during the concert.

2010 Jazz at Filoli concert dates: Sundays, June 27, July 11, August 1, August 15, September 12 and September 26. For information or tickets contact


Field Guide to Fields
Field Guide to Fields
National Geographic Press
ISBN 978-1-4262-0508-8

The Field Guide to Fields by National Geographic Press explains how different landscapes, climates and cultures produced a variety of field types, from the terraced rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the impenetrable hedgerows of Northwest Europe, each reflecting both ancient traditions and agricultural progress. The book explains how Old World methods were adapted to new environments such as the American prairie, the Australian outback and the African veldt, and also traces the development of implements from hand tools to modern tractors and mechanical harvesters.

The thing I like best about this book is that it is a comfortable read with delightful illustrations in the style of the 1930's. The book has a feel of history to it. It portrays an intriguing no-man's-land between true, chaotic wilderness and the orderly arrangement of human communities. Illustrated, 224 pages including index and glossary.


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