It's been a challenging winter for all of us who grow plants, whether we do it professionally or as home gardeners. The main continuing challenge is, of course, the drought.
Even if you lost some of your plants in December's big freeze, you may decide not to buy many new plants this spring because you're worried about watering them. Don't let that deter you, though, from going to some of the many wonderful horticultural events this spring!
Remember that Gold Rush specializes in drought tolerant and habitat plants for the Greater San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Many of our plants will survive on the coast without any irrigation and with only occasional moderate watering in hotter, inland areas.
Look out for some exciting changes and new features at this year's San Francisco Flower & Garden Show! This is the premier horticultural event on the West Coast! Whatever your horticultural interest, you'll find something to enjoy at the Show. Save some money (to spend later on plants!) and buy your tickets in advance through the Show's website.
The best bargain at the Show this year is the Ask a Designer booth provided by the Association of Professional Designers. For just $30 you get 30 minutes of advice from a professional landscape designer. This is a GREAT deal! Check out the "Ask a Designer" page on the Flower & Garden Show's website for more information. This could be the perfect way to kick start any ideas you have for losing your lawn or making your garden less thirsty!
This annual event is organized superbly by the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County. It's a fabulous half-day of horticultural fun! If you get hungry, thirsty or need a shot of caffeine, there are always some wonderful food trucks and a mobile coffee cart too! This is THE place to get your tomato, pepper and veggie starts. Choose from a wide variety of ornamental plants too or learn something new at a seminar.
This pioneering self-guided garden tour is now in its 12th year! It showcases gardens that are landscaped predominantly with California natives. The tour offers a variety of gardens for viewing from small townhomes to 1 acre landscapes. Many of the gardens will have talks and/or have guest nurseries (including Gold Rush) holding plant sales. The tour is free, but you do need to register at the website in order to get a list of all the gardens that'll be open.
The nursery's open on Fridays from 9am to 4pm. On other days, we're often out doing deliveries, design work or consultations. We don't want you to make a wasted journey, so please give us a call (831 359 9291) to make sure someone will be at the nursery to welcome you and answer your questions.
Please note we'll be closed on Friday March 21st 2014. Come find us at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show at the San Mateo Expo Center!