Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2011
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Diamante Self Watering Container
The Diamante Self Watering Container by Lechuza, a reputable German company, is a tapered cylinder that is covered with flat surfaces which change color as the light or viewing angle changes. These beautiful planters are engineered with a liner that holds the plant, its soil, and a layer of a special granular medium that perfectly controls the supply of water. Inside the liner is a water reservoir that is filled from the top of the planter via a convenient supply shaft. A water level indicator makes it easy to see when more water is needed. For outdoor use there is a removable drain plug that prevents over-watering during rainy periods. For more information visit

Shows & Events

Daffodil Daydreams
Filoli Center is hosting its "Daffodil Daydreams" to celebrate the Garden's spectacular early spring floral display with almost a million daffodils in bloom. "Daffodil Daydreams" features three days of talks, demonstrations, activities for children and families, garden walks with horticulturalists, and the first fine art exhibit of the 2011 Visiting Season entitled "Filoli Instructors and their Students." Talks will be given by Lucy Tolmach, Filoli's Director of Horticulture; Bob Spotts, past president of the Northern California Daffodil Society; Susan Rosner, Filoli photography instructor; and Catherine Watters, renowned botanical artist and Filoli instructor. There will be a demonstrations of Ikebana Floral Arranging Using Seasonal Blooms on February 25; Making Natural Dyes by Rebecca Burgess and The Timeless Beauty of Stained Glass by Kim Reeves on February 26. On February 27, Melissa Reading, president of the Northern California Daffodil Society, will lead a Garden Walk; there will also be a Flower Arranging with Seasonal Blooms demonstration. Artists are invited to photograph and paint in the garden on Friday, February 25 and Sunday February 27 when easels and tripods are welcome.

In 2009, Filoli was selected as an American Daffodil Society Display Garden, becoming the only designated daffodil display garden on the West Coast. Filoli was chosen because its extensive daffodil collection has significant historical, public service, educational, and enjoyment focuses. Filoli's collection represents 122 different cultivars.

Date:Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27, 2011
Time:Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Admission Fees:non-members, Adults $15; Seniors (65 years and older) $12; students $5 (ages 5 through 17 or with valid student ID); no admission charge for children 4 years and younger. Free parking. Opening Celebration Admission: Free for Filoli members or with paid admission to Filoli.
Space is limited for some programs, so advance reservations are highly recommended. Visit or call (650)-364-8300, ext. 508 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for more details and listings of program scheduling for "Daffodil Daydreams."


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