Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Cactus and Succulent Show/Sale
Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12, 9am-5pm. Hundreds of plants will be on display at the annual inter-city show sponsored by the Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Societies. Exotic cacti and succulents typically found in deserts, jungles, and mountain highlands, and some that are rare and endangered in their native habitat, will be featured. Seminars on how to grow cacti and succulents and how to landscape with drought-resistant plants will be soffered. Quality plants from local and out-of-state growers and related plant materials will be for sale throughout the show. Books on care and collecting will also be for sale. Ayres Hall, LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007. For more information, go to or call 626-821-3222.

Clever Gardening Technique

Oven or Cake Racks for Drying Fruit
Make a "sandwich" rack for drying fruit outdoors. Spread fruit to be dried on a cake or oven rack. Place a second rack on top of the fruit, and flip the "sandwich" each time the fruit needs to be turned. Use a single or double layer of cheesecloth to separate the fruit from the rack and keep insects out. Oven racks are ideal for big fruits like peaches and nectarines. Cake-cooling racks, with their crosshatched support wires, are better for smaller fruits like strawberries and cut-up larger fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and rhubarb.


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