Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2013
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Succulents Simplified Seminar and Book Signing with Debra Lee Baldwin
On July 27, from 9-10 am, popular author and speaker, Debra Lee Baldwin, celebrates the release of her new book, Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties, with a seminar on gardening with these varied plants. Debra will introduce various types of succulents, discuss their care, describe what makes each interesting and unique, give design tips and ideas, and demonstrate how to create a lovely succulent container garden and bouquet. Book signing will follow the seminar. Other best selling books she has written are Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens. The seminar will be held at Roger's Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona Del Mar, CA. For more information, call 949-640-5800 or visit

Clever Gardening Technique

Sandwich for Outdoor Drying
Make a "sandwich" rack for drying fruit outdoors. 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. 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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