Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

June, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Summer Solstice Celebration in the Redwoods
On Saturday, June 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, participate in an age-old tradition of celebrating midsummer on the solstice, marking the astronomical beginning of summer. Savor two complimentary glasses of California wine and nibble on local cheeses while strolling through the 100-year-old Redwood grove. Explore the lush trails of woodland sorrel, wild ginger, and sword ferns. The coast redwoods at San Francisco Botanical Garden were planted around the turn of the 20th century and are among the oldest trees in the Botanical Garden. More than 100 species of associated plants have been added over the past 40 years to represent a typical redwood forest community. Cost is $20 for members; $30 for non-members. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

Clever Gardening Technique

Glove Care
To clean your garden gloves after working in muddy soil, simply wash your hands with your gloves on. Use a bar of soap, just as you would if you were washing skin. Once the gloves are clean, remove them and set them in a warm location to dry; the top of the water heater is perfect. Leather gloves will dry stiff, but once you put them on your hands, they will soften up in no time flat!


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