Valentine's Day's just around the corner. We love chocolates and flowers, but they just don't last long enough! Here are a few ideas for longer lasting gifts for your horticultural sweetie. Of course, it doesn't have to be Valentine's Day to buy any of these and you can always just treat yourself!
March 18th-22nd: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, San Mateo Expo Center
NOT TO BE MISSED! Whatever the weather and drought or no drought, the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is THE event in March! Whatever your horticultural leaning, or if you're just learning, you'll find something to inspire you at the Show. Tickets available at the show's website and at many retail nurseries throughout the Greater Bay Area.
April 11th 2015: Spring Garden Market - History San Jose, Kelley Park, San Jose
Organized superbly by the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, this fun event is a horticultural street fair! You'll find a multitude of nurseries with loads of plants - edible and ornamental, workshops, food trucks, good coffee and much more!
April 18th & 19th 2015: Going Native Garden Tour - Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Are you thinking about including California natives in your garden? Visiting other people's native gardens is a great way to get ideas! Register for this free self-guided garden tour and you'll have your pick of over 50 gardens in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to visit and inspire you.
Many of the gardens will also have speakers and/or guest nurseries holding a plant sale. Gold Rush Nursery will be at the Morrow-Rumbaugh garden in Saratoga on Saturday April 18th with a great selection of plants and lots of advice!
Just in case you hadn't heard, California is officially in a drought ... a SEVERE one! For us gardeners and plant lovers, that means making adjustments to the way in which we garden. These adjustments don't mean our yards have to resemble a desert full of rocks and cacti though!
Many water districts are offering financial incentives to help us reduce our water use. Depending on where you live, there may be rebates for losing your lawn, installing rainwater catchment systems, buying a cover for your swimming pool, installing grey water plumbing. The amount of "free" money available can be quite significant, so check out the rebates! The Soquel Creek Water District and Santa Clara Valley Water District both have excellent rebate programs.