Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2013
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Live Long and Garden
Come to the Los Angeles Arboretum on October 19 for an all-day seminar led by five well known garden authors to discover the many ways that gardening and healthy living go together. Learn how to "Turbocharge Your Landscape for Health and Longevity" from landscape architect and author of Lifelong Landscape Design Mary Palmer Dargan. Discover the ideal fruits and veggies to grow in California from the author of California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Claire Splan. Explore landscape feng shui through a lecture and garden walk with feng shui expert and author of Feng Shui Your Life Jayme Barrett. Uncover the best way to get the most benefit from a garden workout, while still being good to joints and muscles, from Get Fit Through Gardening guru Jeffrey Restuccio. And discover how to select and grow herbs for health, healing, and eating from the owner of Desert Canyon Farm and author of Homegrown Herbs Tammi Hartung. For those of you who want to get an early start on the day, there will also be yoga in the garden led by Candyce Columbus.

This event is co-sponsored by the Garden Conservancy and the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and co-sponsored by Bonnie Plants and Therapeutic Landscapes Network. Early bird yoga begins at 7:45 a.m., with check-in and registration at 8:30 a.m. Lectures, lunch, book signings, and guided garden walks rum from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $80 for Garden Conservancy and Arboretum members; $90 general admission. The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA. For more information or to register go to or call 415-411-4300.

Clever Gardening Technique

Change Watering Schedule
Help overwintering plants harden off by changing your irrigation schedule. Cooler weather slows evaporation from the soil and transpiration from plant foliage, so plants need less water. Decrease the number of times -- but not the length of time -- you water. For example, water once every three weeks instead of once a week, but still water for half an hour each time. This change will still provide water to deep roots while allowing the soil to dry in between waterings, and it won't encourage new, frost-tender growth.


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