Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Hats off to Mother Nature
"Hats Off To Mother Nature" is the theme for Filoli's 23rd annual Flower Show fundraiser starting the evening of May 5th through May 8th, 2011, where creative floral arrangements, table settings, special garden exhibits, and floral vignettes pay tribute to Mother Nature and complement the splendor of the Filoli House and Garden. More than 75 amateur and professional designers from throughout the Bay Area will display their creativity in concert with the theme. Visitors will also enjoy the children's floral entries, miniatures, bonsai exhibits, and a display of Wayne Wichern's hats, whose work is part of the de Young Museum's Textile Arts Collection and whose clients include the San Francisco Ballet.

Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road , Woodside , CA 94062. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at or by calling (650) 364-8300, ext. 508. Parking is free.

Clever Gardening Technique

Epsom Salts Treatment for Roses
One-half cup of Epsom salts (hydrated magnesium sulfate) can be dibbled around the drip line of rose plants in lieu of fertilizer. Epsom salts helps plants to create chlorophyll and take up and use phosphorus.


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