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Gardening Tips: Plants growing elsewhere could grow locally, too

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014 3:24 pm

Gardening Tips: Plants growing elsewhere could grow locally, too


A few weeks ago, I took my yearly vacation to Virginia Beach, Va. Every time I visit a different part of the country, I try to note the similarities and differences between the landscapes there and here.

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Friday, July 25, 2014 3:24 pm.

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Some summer gardening tips

Here are some tips to help maintain your garden in July:

Fertilize the lawn. It is time for the second application of fertilizer. Most lawns that were fertilized in May should be fertilized again. Use a good quality, slow release fertilizer that has the added minerals in it, such as 24-4-16

Vegetable gardens and flowerbeds could benefit from a second application of fertilizer. Use a fertilizer that has a high middle number (phosphorus). Phosphorus helps in root development as well as increase flowers and fruit production. 8-20-20 is a good granular fertilizer for flowers and vegetables.

Trees and shrubs that were fertilized in May can also be fertilized for a second time this season. Use a tree/shrub fertilizer such as 18-4-8. The nitrogen (first number) is higher as this is what promotes lots of new foliage.

Container gardens and hanging baskets are really filling out and need to be fertilized weekly. I prefer to use a water soluble fertilizer such as 12-36-12. It is mixed with water, following the instructions given on the container, and then put in the watering can or a hose end fertilizer applicator.

Remove the finished flowers (deadhead) to keep flowering plants healthy and tidy looking. The finished flowers should be removed before they start setting seed, as this takes energy away from the plant. This is done on annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs. Removing the finished flowers will also keep plants looking neat, and will prevent mildew or mold which can happen when the flowers begin to decay.

Early blooming flowering shrubs that are not pruned in the spring should be pruned right after they finish blooming. These are the flowering shrubs that bloom on old wood (previous years growth). If these were pruned in the spring, many of the future flowers would be removed.

Mid summer is a good time to shear back evergreens such as cedars. The new growth is sheared back to keep the tree/shrub even shaped and full looking.

Keep up on the watering, especially on plant material that is newly planted and container gardens. The recent rain has been good but the soil is very dry from the past 2-3 weeks of hot dry weather. Container gardens and hanging baskets should be watered daily. Vegetable gardens and flowerbeds benefit from a good long water every few days (when its needed) rather then short daily water times. By watering for a longer period of time the water goes down deeper and makes the roots of the plant go deeper which in the long term is better. If possible, try to water in the morning, rather then in the evening so that the plants’ foliage is dry over night when temperatures are cool. Cool temperatures and wet foliage can cause mold and mildew.

Everything has been growing well, including the weeds. Keep up on the weeding. It is much easier to go through the garden every 10-14 days to remove the weeds when they are small. Weeds take away important moisture and nutrients from the wanted plants as well as harbour pests and disease.

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Garden Tips: Scorching weather creates garden woes

I have lived in this region for more than 30 years, but each summer I have a hard time adjusting to our extreme heat. This year, I deluded myself into believing that our blissfully mild early summer would continue.

Scorching heat is not only extremely stressful on us, but also on our plants. Some ill effects are related to cultural factors, such as watering, but the heat itself can lead to “hot weather woes.” One reason for this is thermoperiod.

Thermoperiod refers to the daily temperature change from daytime to nighttime.

Plant growth is best when daytime temperatures are about 80 degrees and nighttime temperatures are 15 degrees lower, although this varies with the type of plant. With this 15 degree thermoperiod, plants are making and building carbohydrates via photosynthesis at a higher rate than they are being broken down through respiration.

Higher temperatures lead to higher rates of photosynthesis, up to a point. Respiration also increases with higher temperatures. In extremely hot weather, carbohydrates are used up more quickly than they can be replaced. As a result, growth slows or stops.

That’s why so many garden plants look stressed when 100-degree weather prevails. Even heat-tolerant annuals stop growing and flowering. Spent flowers shrivel, and no new ones replace them. If they are not drought stressed, they should bounce back just fine with cooler weather.

The failure of plants to produce fruit despite flowering is a common hot weather complaint of vegetable gardeners. Many crops are dependent on cross-pollination by bees. When temperatures rise above 100 degrees, bee activity and cross-pollination slows.

Even with plenty of bee activity, pollination and fruit set may still suffer because extremely hot, dry weather reduces the pollen viability of many crops. Blossom-drop, or the failure of flowers to set fruit, is a frequent complaint, even with plants not dependent on insects for pollination. Blistering weather is often the cause for poor fruit set on beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and melons. As a result of hot weather, these crops may also develop deformed fruit because of incomplete pollination.

If you have trees, you may also note another hot weather phenomenon: seemingly healthy trees dropping an alarming number of leaves without warning. Some trees will suddenly drop some of their leaves in mid-summer, typically when hot, dry weather arrives. This is a physiologic adjustment because the tree cannot support all the leaves it developed when the weather was cooler and less stressful.

A tree can lose as many as 10 percent of its leaves without adversely affecting its overall health. However, it is important to make sure the leaf drop is not the result of other stresses, such as lack of adequate water, root problems or an insect infestation. You can help prevent drought stress on shade trees and harmful excessive leaf drop during hot weather by providing them a weekly deep watering.

Our summers are hot. There is no way to escape it, but we can avoid some of these garden woes by selecting plants, including flowers, vegetables and trees rated as “heat tolerant” and giving them the best growing conditions possible.

— Marianne C. Ophardt is a horticulturist for Washington State University Benton County Extension.

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Garden Week: Watering tips

We’re in our last day of Garden Week, but we still have plenty of tips to keep your plants happy and healthy. wdbj7 Mornin’s Alison Parker is live at the Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. with watering tips, although we got plenty of Mother Nature’s water . The rain we’ve had overnight is certainly helping any thirsty flowers or plants. I’m here with Ellen Wade First, can you tell us a little about the Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs? Let’s talk about watering. With the hot, humid weather lately, how much water do most plants need? When is the best time to water — I’m told at night, it’s a lot better to do that?

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Ten Tips for Saving Water While Protecting Your Garden

Sprinklers watering a lawn in Southern California. Image courtesy Metropolitan Water District
Sprinklers watering a lawn in Southern California. Image courtesy Metropolitan Water District

With the drought forcing mandatory water conservation, Armstrong Garden Centers released at list of ways to reduce water use while protecting gardens.

Armstrong said research shows that Californians use up to 50 percent more water than they actually need to maintain healthy gardens, and that gardens would benefit if watered less, but more effectively.

“Californians don’t necessarily need to change their gardens drastically in order to save money and water during the drought,” said Eric Asakawa, Regional Manager of Armstrong Garden Centers. “Instead, homeowners can change the way they water.”

The Glendora-based company offered the following tips:

1. Water early in the morning. Making sure sprinklers stop running by 8 a.m. will reduce evaporation and lessen the likelihood of water waste caused by wind interference. Watering early also reduces plant disease and water damage.

2. Mulch. Placing a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch on the soil surface around plants can save hundreds of gallons of water every year.

3. Repair and adjust sprinklers. Fixing damaged sprinklers immediately and checking pipes for leaks can save as much as 500 gallons of water per year.

4. Water deeper, but less often. Most gardens in California on automatic sprinklers are overwatered. Homeowners should change sprinkler systems to water every other day or every third day, while increasing watering times by only 50-75 percent.

5. Change watering times with the seasons. Homeowners can save huge amounts of water by adjusting automatic systems at least three times a year, according to the season. During periods of rain, it is vital to turn automatic systems off.

6. Use trigger sprayers when hand watering. Trigger sprayers help ensure that water is not wasted while watering gardens.

7. Minimize water loss in potted plants. Use water-retentive potting soils in all container gardens.

8. Add compost to soil. Adding store-bought or homemade compost to planting beds and pots will decrease the amount of water needed.

9. Use organic fertilizers. These fertilizers slowly release nutrients into the soil at a natural rate that matches a plant’s needs, so plants use less water.

10. Install a smart sprinkler controller. These computerized systems activate sprinklers via weather data and information about specifics of gardens. They can save over 40 gallons of water daily.

The San Diego County Water Authority board voted Thursday to begin mandatory water conservation because of the severity of the drought.

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City crews tackle illegal dump sites in Detroit

(WXYZ) – Progress is being made against illegal dumping in the Motor City.

For years, an empty lot at the end of a dead end street in Southwest Detroit has been used as a dumping ground. 

Landscaping debris, tires, car parts and garbage has been left to rot.

Until today. 

A two man crew with Detroit’s public works department arrived to start hauling it away.  It’s what neighbors have long waited for.

“Thank God,” said Kathy Ring. “I love those guys cleaning it up.”

Since the beginning of July, the same scene has been playing out all across the city.

“We are picking up 12 tons a week and making over 3,000 stops every week.” said department of public works supervisor Alonzo Thompson. “We can really see a difference in the way the city is looking now.”

Since Detroit privatized trash pick up, crews are now available to focus on illegal dumping.  Property owners are being put on notice they can no longer neglect their properties.

And to the dumpers, people are now watching.

“You know better, don’t do it, I’ll be watching.” said Ring.

To report offenders to the task force, call 313.235.4359 or send an email to


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At 93, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is still one of Canada’s most beloved …

Years ago, Barbara Walters famously asked Johnny Carson, to much
derision afterward, what kind of tree the TV legend would be if he were
in fact a tree. I don’t do that with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, who is
sitting across from me in New York City. But I do ask her what her
favourite specimen is. One of the most important landscape architects
of the 20th century and a pioneer in the fields of green design and
rooftop landscapes, she has spoken and written often about the “solace”
of trees.

“It’s the ginkgo biloba!” she responds, without hesitation, in a
delighted voice. “Oh, I just love it,” she goes on, taking out her
business card, which features a delicate line drawing of the tree’s
distinctive leaf. “It’s the oldest tree alive – 250 billion years old.
And the amazing thing is that, when Hiroshima was bombed, the first
tree to bud was the ginkgo.”

“Yes,” she asserts plainly, placing her hands, palms down, on her
lap, as though the tree were a child whose persistence she admires.
“And it had red leaves because it mutated,” she concludes, smiling

Hahn Oberlander is not only a highly respected landscape architect
responsible for some of Canada’s most iconic public spaces, from Robson
Square in Vancouver to the gardens of the National Gallery of Canada in
Ottawa, she is also one of the most beloved.

“I’m 93,” she offers when I ask if she minds telling me her age.
“Can you believe it?” she says, leaning across a small table and
placing one hand on top of mine. We are in a Manhattan hotel’s café,
where I met her following a book launch for Cornelia Hahn
Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape
, both a biography and a
history of her work, written by Susan Herrington, professor of
architecture and landscape architecture at the University of British

One of Hahn Oberlander’s key messages is that the ecology of a
location be respected by planting native rather than exotic species.
“Don’t reinvent the wheel,” she says, referring to the example of her
landscape design at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre in
Vancouver, completed in 2011 and certified under the Living Building
Challenge, the most advanced measurement of sustainability possible in
the built environment. The surrounding areas of the landmark facility,
which also has a living roof, range from a rainwater garden to woodland
and meadow, each zone carefully designed and planted with native
species that flourished when Captain George Vancouver’s botanist first
began cataloguing the diverse region in 1792.

The recipient of numerous honorary degrees from universities in
Canada, Hahn Oberlander exudes the “Five-P” principles that she has
identified as integral to her 65-year career: patience, persistence,
politeness, passion and professionalism.

Several times, when I ask her a question, she responds first by
saying “thank you,” as it has reminded her of something she wanted to

Born into a Jewish family in Berlin, Hahn Oberlander left Nazi
Germany for the United States with her mother and sister in 1939. Her
father had died in an avalanche while skiing six years earlier, leaving
her mother, Beate Hahn, a formidable woman who was a professional
horticulturalist and author, to look after her children on her own.
Under her mother’s guidance, Hahn Oberlander learned to plant and care
for vegetables and flowers from an early age.

By 1940, she went off to Smith College in western Massachusetts –
the campus of which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted – and then
onto Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she was one
of the first female alumni. Her future husband, the late Peter
Oberlander, was a student there as well, having completed his
undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal.

“If I had stayed in Boston or here in New York, I could never have
done what I did in Canada in the fifties,” she says when asked how this
country has shaped her career. “The freedom to create, the freedom to
think differently, was unlimited.” In 1953, she and Peter, a prominent
architect and Canada’s first professor of urban planning, had moved to
Vancouver, where she still lives. “It was a younger country and very
open to new ideas. Just imagine working with [the late architect]
Arthur Erickson, who thought up what Vancouver would be. There’s
nothing like that on the market today. There are not people who are
thinking big.”

Working at a time when the field was male-dominated, Hahn Oberlander
never considered herself a feminist and juggled the demands of being a
wife and mother with her ambition. “Peter had a fantastic career. Of
course, he came first and I wanted him to shine,” she says, noting the
time when he was called to Ottawa in 1970 to initiate the federal
government’s Ministry of State for Urban Affairs, becoming its deputy
minister. “He was very strict. He wanted me to cook every meal and be
cognizant of what the family should eat,” she says without rancour of
her “terrific” 56-year marriage, in which they often collaborated on
projects. “In three and a half years, I had three children. What could
I do? I did playgrounds or housing projects because I didn’t work
full-time.” (One of her early projects in Canada was the Children’s
Creative Centre at Expo 67 in Montreal.)

In her own unique way, Hahn Oberlander exemplifies the truth about
many women’s lives – that the combination of work and family simply
gives a different arc to the trajectory of success. When Hahn
Oberlander was asked in the early eighties to work with architect Moshe
Safdie on the gardens of the National Gallery, one of her daughters
told her, “Mummy, you have really crawled out from under,” meaning her
husband, she tells me with a giggle. Her landscape design for the
National Gallery was inspired by Group of Seven paintings, which is
appropriate: As one critic noted at the time, it’s “as much a work of
art as any in the building next to it,” giving visitors a glimpse of
“the country’s soul.”

In 1975, Hahn Oberlander opened a public speech on the subject of
women and leisure with a quote from George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance:
“A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.” Does she
still work daily? “Every day,” she responds emphatically.

Why? “It tickles me to do another project that’s better than the
last one.” Hahn Oberlander is currently designing a green roof for a
house near the sea in Vancouver. “There is the wave of the sea, the
shininess of the sea, that I would like to echo on that roof,” she
explains, adding: “We have to use every piece of ground, whether it’s
on the roof or on the ground, to make people feel good.”

At the end of our exchange, we walk out onto Park Avenue, where she
stands, at the photographer’s instruction, on a leafy treed median that
bisects the street. Hahn Oberlander takes a moment to straighten her
posture. She gave up downhill skiing only two years ago after a
snowboarder knocked her over, but she goes cross-country skiing, walks,
swims and eats healthily. “You lose a lot of friends,” she says of the
aging process. “I look upon this as a life cycle. And I am grateful for
what I can do every day.”

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The apps of summer


Don’t let the summer pass you by this year. Whether you’re looking to grow a garden, hit the road or just relax around the house, these awesome home and garden apps will make sure you make the most of the sunshine this summer.

Apps for Landscaping

To get the perfect garden this summer, take some time planing out your plot of land first. The Home Outside Palette app allows you to sketch out some of your gardening and landscaping ideas, so you can see how a new flowerbed will look next to your herb garden, or whether putting in a shrub fence really is a good idea.

For a gardening app with a few more features, check out Garden Plan Pro. Like the Home Outside Palette app, Garden Plan Pro allows you to design the perfect garden, but its powerful database of plants also gives you tips on everything from seed spacing, sunlight needs and crop rotation, taking much of the guesswork out of gardening. It’ll do pretty much everything but water the plants for you.

House Hunting

Summer is typically house hunting season, and if you’re on the prowl for a new home this year, check out HomeSnap. Unlike traditional real estate apps where you have to scroll through an endless stream of listings, HomeSnap gets you the information you want on a home that you’re considering in an instant. If you see a home with a for sale sign in front of it, simply snap a picture of it and HomeSnap will give you all the data you need, including estimated asking price, square footage, number of rooms and a full property history.

Stay Safe in The Sun

Fun in the sun is great until you spend a little too much time outside and are left with a blistering burn that ruins your vacation. Take the guesswork out of your sun tanning session with the Wolfram Sun Exposure app, a simple tool that let’s you know when you’re getting too much sun. Tell the app your skin type and location and it will let you know what level of sunscreen you should use and when you should head inside.

Behind the Barbecue

Inviting some friends over for a barbecue party is the perfect way to spend a mid-summer’s evening. But don’t let the party take a turn for the worse by serving your guests overcooked burgers or undercooked chicken. Take the guesswork out grilling with the GrillTime app. Simply pick your cut of meat, tell the app how well you want it done and it will let you know when it is time to flip it, and when it’s is ready to pull off the grill.

Leaving the House

Summer is the time to get away from it all. If you’re looking for place to take a vacation, or even just spend a weekend, there are tons of apps that can help you decide. The National Parks app by National Geographic is an amazing guide to our country’s best parks. Featuring guides to dozens of destinations, the app shows you the best things to see in each park, provides helpful maps and will even give you photo tips to ensure you get the best shots of the parks’ most iconic scenery.  

For the more adventurous there’s the AllTrail app, which acts as a pocket guide to hundreds of hiking trails across the country. With the app you can find a nearby trail for a quick day hike, or a lengthy side excursion during your family vacation. Sort trails by difficulty, distance, elevation and even see photos uploaded by hikers to help you decide on the perfect trek.

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Leesburg looks to restore luster to aging Venetian Gardens

LEESBURG — For decades, Venetian Gardens was considered the gem of Leesburg. Today, the sparkle has disappeared.

On Monday, city commissioners will get their first look at a plan to spruce up the aging 65-acre park that sits along Lake Harris. Planner Greg Beliveau said local residents seem excited about the project and the prospects.

Venetian Gardens “used to be overwhelmed with use from different age groups. It was just phenomenal,” said Beliveau, of LPG Urban Regional Planners, which was hired by the city to come up with a master plan. “You go down there now, and it’s a ghost town. It’s depressing.”

Built in the 1930s, Venetian Gardens was once a center of activity. Folks would come from all over to enjoy the acres of green grass and waterfront activities. They’d park their boats on the shoreline, play tennis or racquetball or just enjoy the flowers blossoming all around. Over the years, the park slowly declined. The tennis and racquetball courts were removed, the foliage died back and boating regulations changed. While local residents still enjoy the pool, community center and fishing, they want so much more, Beliveau said.

During the long process of creating the master plan, Beliveau and more than a dozen community members looked at other parks — such as Wooton Park in Tavares and Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs — to get ideas. Beliveau said the beginning phases include projects that can be done relatively quickly on the cheap, including adding canoe or kayak rentals, a zip line and a restaurant. The bigger and more expensive projects include relocating the pool, which doesn’t meet competitive standards, and expanding the Leesburg Community Building. Other projects, such as improving the landscaping, can happen over time.

City Commissioner Jay Hurley, whose campaign partially focused on such improvements, said any enhancements would be good. He’s seen it go from bustling with activities in the 1980s to the way it is today and wants to move forward with changes. He said local residents are looking to other cities that have made significant changes to the landscape, like Tavares, and want similar success.

“We are the lakefront city and we’re the once city you can’t do anything on the lake,” he said. “If you can bring up the quality of life, it draws people to the community. I’m really excited.”

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Trowel & Glove: Marin garden calendar for the week of July 26, 2014

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Garden exchange: The Marin Open Garden Project encourages residents to bring their excess backyard-grown fruit and vegetables to the following locations for a free exchange with other gardeners on Saturdays: San Anselmo from 9 to 10 a.m. on the San Anselmo Town Hall lawn; San Rafael from 9 to 10 a.m. at Pueblo Park at Hacienda Way in Santa Venetia; Mill Valley from 10 to 11 a.m. on the Greenwood School front porch at 17 Buena Vista Ave.; Tamalpais Valley at 427 Marin Ave. from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; and Novato at the corner of Ferris Drive and Nova Lane from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Go to or email

Harvest exchange: West Marin Commons offers a weekly harvest exchange at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Livery Stable gardens on the commons in Point Reyes Station. Go to

Gardening volunteers: The Novato Independent Elders Program seeks volunteers to help Novato seniors with their overgrown yards on Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons. Call 899-8296.

Nursery volunteers: Volunteers are sought to help in Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy nurseries from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Tennessee Valley, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Muir Woods or 1. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays or 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the Marin Headlands. Call 561-3077 or go to Nursery days: The SPAWN (Salmon Protection and Watershed Network) native plant nursery days are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and weekends. Call 663-8590, ext. 114, or email to register and for directions.

Garden visits: Marin Master Gardeners and the Marin Municipal Water District offer free residential Bay-Friendly Garden Walks to MMWD customers. The year-round service helps homeowners identify water-saving opportunities and soil conservation techniques for their landscaping. Call 473-4204 to request a visit to your garden.

Garden volunteers: Marin Open Garden Project (MOGP) volunteers are available to help Marin residents glean excess fruit from their trees for donations to local organizations serving people in need and to build raised beds to start vegetable gardens through the MicroGardens program. MGOP also offers a garden tool lending library. Go to or email

Harvesting volunteers: The Marin Organic Glean Team seeks volunteers to harvest extras from the fields at various farms for the organic school lunch and gleaning program. Call 663-9667 or go to

San Francisco

Botanical garden: The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park, offers several ongoing events. $7; free to San Francisco residents, members and school groups. Call 661-1316 or go to Free docent tours leave from the Strybing Bookstore near the main gate at 1:30 p.m. weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekends; and from the north entrance at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Groups of 10 or more can call ahead for special-focus tours.

Floral palace: The Conservatory of Flowers, at 100 John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park, displays permanent galleries of tropical plant species as well as changing special exhibits from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. $2 to $7. Call 831-2090 or go to

Around the Bay

Landscape garden: Cornerstone Gardens is a permanent, gallery-style garden featuring walk-through installations by international landscape designers on nine acres at 23570 Highway 121 in Sonoma. Free. Call 707-933-3010 or go to

Rose ranch: Garden Valley Ranch rose garden at 498 Pepper Road in Petaluma is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Self-guided and group tours are available. $2 to $10. Call 707-795-0919 or go to

Burbank’s home: The Luther Burbank Home at Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues in Santa Rosa has docent-led tours of the greenhouse and a portion of the gardens every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. $7. Call 707-524-5445.

Olive ranch: McEvoy Ranch at 5935 Red Hill Road in Petaluma offers tips on planting olive trees and has olive trees for sale by appointment. An orchard walk and mill tour are offered from 2 to 4 p.m. July 26. $30. Reservations required. Call 707-769-4123 or go to or

Garden tour: A site and garden tour is at 1 p.m. July 27 at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center at 15290 Coleman Valley Road in Occidental. Wednesdays are volunteer days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 707-874-1557 or go to

Botanical garden: Quarryhill Botanical Garden at 12841 Sonoma Highway in Glen Ellen covers 61 acres and showcases a large selection of scientifically documented wild source temperate Asian plants. The garden is open for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. $5 to $10. Maile Arnold speaks about “English Gardeners and the Vital Benefits of Pollinators” at 10 a.m. Aug. 2. $10 to $15. Reservations required. Call 707-996-3166 or go to

The Trowel Glove Calendar appears Saturdays. Send high-resolution jpg photo attachments and details about your event to or mail to Home and Garden Calendar/Lifestyles, Marin Independent Journal, 4000 Civic Center Drive, Suite 301, San Rafael, CA 94903. Items should be sent two weeks in advance. Photos should be a minimum of 2 megabytes and include caption information. Include a daytime phone number on your release.

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