June in the Garden & Monthly Calendar of Regional Events

Late May has been cool and wet here in much of the North State – but June, June holds the promise of true summer – bringing with it all that summer is supposed to be: soft light of early morning… Continue Reading


May in the Garden: Roses, Good Reads & the Monthly Calendar

A friend recently chided me that the tag-line for my program should perhaps be celebrating the art, craft, science and labor of gardening ….the emphasis of course being on the labor aspect when he said it. There is much happening… Continue Reading

Smiling Spring & the March Calendar of Regional Gardening

Ahhh, what the Sufi poet Rumi called “Smiling Spring” is upon us – in all her mystery. Like falling in love, spring makes us gardeners both ecstatic and yet restless/agitated. Some of the year’s sweetest and yet most ephemeral blossoms… Continue Reading

February 2011 in the Garden & Monthly Calendar of Regional Events

In February we continue to prune out the old and plant seeds for the new. Brian Marshall and Nancy Heinzel of Sawmill creek farm in Paradise wrote this beautiful description of February on their market farm: “February is often the… Continue Reading


January 2011 In the Garden: Seeds for the Coming Season & the Monthly Calendar of Regional Gardening Events

The seeds of much of the spring and summer garden are sown in the short days and early evenings of January’s wintery span. Perhaps these are the figurative seeds of ideas and plans sown in our gardeners brain by beautiful… Continue Reading