Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Filoli Opening Celebration: Branches, Buds, and Blossoms
Bring your sweetheart to Filoli for Valentines Day! From magnolia, camellia and narcissus blossoms to blooming branches of daphne, quince and plums, this is a time of revitalization in the Filoli garden, located in Woodside, CA, about 30 miles south of San Franscisco. Celebrate the romance of the winter garden on February 14 and 15 by taking a guided camellia walk through their collection of more than 250 exquisite varieties. Attend demonstrations of flower arranging with seasonal blooms and branches and camellia pruning, care, and repottng. Attend a Japanese tea ceremony and a talk and visual presentation on Camellias in the Garden: History, Care, Culture and Companions, presented by Barbara Tuffli, former President of the American Camellia Society. Watch a chef instructor do wonderful things with chocolate. Children of all ages can participate in a fun afternoon of crafts inspired by the Garden and the season. The event is free for Filoli members or with paid admission ($20 adults; $17 seniors; $10 children 5-17). For more information go to

Favorite or New Plant

Nemesia is a colorful, cool-season annual. The flowers resemble those of lobelia, but they're much larger and come in brilliant colors: bright orange, yellow, fuchsia, cream, and red. The low-growing plants grow especially well in hanging pots. Nemesia requires full sun, moderate watering, and a fast-draining soil. Once the weather begins to get hot, nemesia will begin to fade. As with most blooming annual plants, fertilize every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer to get the most bang for your buck.


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