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A few links to public gardens in California and other interesting places on the web.

Links to California's Public Gardens

Descanso Gardens has notable collections of roses, camellias and wonderful nature trails.

Huntington Gardens has excellent collections of roses, particularly of English Roses, a world renowned succulent collection, camellias, a slope of subtropical shrubs, and a growing Australian plant collection in addition to their library and museum.

Quail Botanical Gardens has a wide variety of plant sections.  Notable collections include Pacific tropical plants, bamboos, and an interactive children's garden.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens is noted for its native California plant hybridizing and extensive collections and trails.

Ruth Bancroft Garden has taken the drought tolerant garden and presented it in a way that is both stunningly beautiful and educational.

Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens is noted for its gardens with California Native plants grouped by plant community.

Springville Lavender Gardens near Porterville is a beautiful new garden.  Lavender is not the only plant in this garden, there are a wide variety of plants that are great for cut flowers.  The Central Valley is more noted for its agriculture, but this garden might help you change your mind.

Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park has some of the most complete records of trees in the state.  Many early tree plantings are still surviving in the garden.  Often these are the first recorded horticultural use of these plants in this state.

UC Berkeley Botanic Garden has an excellent collection of interesting and unusual plants.  Many have still not made it into the trade.  It is well worth the visit.

UC Irvine Arboretum has an excellent South African plant collection but are probably most noted for their bulb collection.

UCLA Mildred Mathias Garden has a number of experimental beds.  They have worked on a number of succulent selections, monkey flower selections and many other plants that have become mainstays of the landscape trade.

A few more interesting places to go:

Pest Species List: It is important not to release problem plants into the wild.  This group at UC Davis tracks plants that are becoming problems.  Responsible nurseries, at the very least, should not sell plants that are known to be problems in the areas where there are already expensive eradication projects funded.

Invasive Plants to Avoid: and a list of nurseries that have agreed not to sell them.

San Diego Horticultural Society has a very active group of plant enthusiasts.  They have regular meetings with notable speakers.  They are involved in a number of community projects.  If you are in the area you should check them out.  Due to the benign climate the San Diego area can boast plants grown nowhere else in California.

Net Gardeners UK provides a look at what is current in English gardens.  We are often trying to emulate something in our gardens that we only see in picture books.  Look to see what is interesting to the gardeners in Great Britain.

Paramount Gardens:  Water management, landscape design

Hawaii Bamboo Society Bamboos have become a hot topic.  They are being used for quick screens, hedges, and structures.   They are beautiful as specimens in their own right.  While some may deserve the label of pest, many others have a very real place in our gardens and are rather "tame".  It is one of the fastest growing building materials and incredibly strong relative to its weight.  I have used it to build fences and bridges.

UC Integrated Pest Management  has information on the latest beneficial insect species.  Biological solutions are being worked on for the Giant Whitefly, the Lerp Psyllid, and the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter.  The Giant Whitefly is a problem for hibiscus and a number of other large leaved plants.  The plants look as if they were growing a white beard.  The Lerp Psyllid is defoliating the red gum eucalyptus.   It looks like a small cream colored cap.  The Glassy Winged Sharpshooter has gotten most of the press.  While it causes some damage to plants in the garden it has the vintners in a panic.  If you walk under a tree where it looks like it is raining while the sun is shining this is the likely culprit.  They look like a 3/4" long cigar.

Crabs and Crustaceans  are suffering from our garden runoff.  Several problems found in the Eastern Seaboard fisheries are being linked to excessive nitrogen in runoff waters.  These pollutants are directly linked to the  destruction of the menhaden and blue crab fisheries.  We have similar issues on the West Coast with nitrates and pesticides creeping into our groundwater, and pesticide and bacteria laced water flowing into the ocean from our coastal communities.  We can improve this problem one yard at a time by thinking of organic means of tending our small plots of land.

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