Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2010
Regional Report


Communication With Plants
The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird (ISBN 0-06-091587-0)

How does music affect plants? Is it possible to communicate with a plant? Can a plant make things move? Will talking to a plant really make it grow? All of these questions, and many more are answered in this classic book that was first published back in 1989. Based on real science, The Secret Life of Plants gathers research from around the world to provide a compelling and intriguing read. This book is a must for both novice and advanced gardeners.

Favorite or New Plant

Peace Lily
As an indoor plant you just can't beat Spathiphyllum. Its graceful, arching leaves grow directly from the soil and in ideal conditions the plant will send up a bounty of white leaf-like flowers. Spathiphyllum prefers a protected location away from direct sunlight and will let you know the instant it gets thirsty. There are several varieties available on the market that display a range of sizes and leaf color. Some are quite large while others are almost miniature. Whichever variety you choose, be prepared to provide plenty of water.


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