Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

California Native Gardening in the Shade: From Trade-offs to Pay-offs
Want to use California native plants but are frustrated by a shady garden spot? On December 4, from 1-3 pm, Carol Bornstein will suggest natives tailor-made for the shade. Carol co-authored the award-winning book California Native Plants for the Garden (Cachuma Press, 2005) with Bart O'Brien and Dave Fross and is collaborating with them again on the upcoming publication, Re-imagining the California Lawn: Water-Conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs. Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley 91352. $20/members, $30/non-members. For more information, go to

Clever Gardening Technique

Decorations From Your Garden
Decorate candles with flowers and foliage that you've grown and pressed yourself. Place small flowers, leaves, and vines between paper towels, and weigh down with a heavy book overnight. Pieces should be limp but not moist or crispy. Use a glue stick to tack them into place on candles. Mix and match colors, or use white candles to highlight the colors of the flowers and leaves. In an empty coffee can tall enough to hold the candle, melt six cakes of paraffin by setting it in a pan of boiling water. Dip the candle, with its tacked-on flowers and leaves, into the liquid paraffin, and hold it or set it upright until it's cool. Dip again if a thicker coating is desired.


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