Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
It's garden show season, and the granddaddy of them all is the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. This year the theme is "Inspired," with a new emphasis on flowers and floral designs. In addition to magnificent displays, visitors can enjoy a host of seminars on a wide range of garden topics. The show runs from Wednesday, March 19 through Sunday, 23 at the San Mateo Event Center For more information, go to

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PlantRight's 2014 Invasive Garden Plant List
Sustainable Conservation's PlantRight campaign has published a new list of invasive garden plants to help California's nursery trade and their customers make more informed planting and purchasing decisions. PlantRight's 2014 list identifies locally invasive garden plants while providing expert recommendations for beautiful, environmentally-safe alternatives. The 2014 list features 15 invasive garden plants and 50 noninvasive alternatives. New to the 2014 list of invasives are Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima or Stipa tenuissima); water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes); and yellow water iris (Iris pseudacorus). In California, $85 million is spent each year attempting to slow the spread of invasive plants, which contribute to wildlife loss, increased wildfire risk, reduced land values, lost agricultural yields, and degraded recreational opportunities. According to the California Invasive Plant Council, nearly 50 percent of the state's invasive plants were introduced via the horticultural trade. With PlantRight's science-based plant list, growers, retailers, and gardeners can all play a role in being part of the invasive plant solution.


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