Marin IJ Articles
November 21, 2014
Halloween — over. Time change — done. Short daylight hours, cool temps, what's next? Holiday shopping, of course.
Anyone shopping for a friend or family member with a love of gardening has an easy road to travel. There are just so many opportunities to make us gardeners happy gift recipients.
Poinsettias, amaryllis, paperwhite narcissus — these are the backbone of our traditional holiday gift plants. They are all beautiful, and shout holiday. But what about something just a little different?
Although we have enjoyed a bit of rain recently, it's still prudent to think drought-resistant with all of our gift purchases. Succulents continue to be the darlings of little-water-needed landscape design. I absolutely love the amazing variety of succulents available and the creative ways to use them. Whether in the ground, in containers or tucked into a wreath, most succulents do best outdoors in moderate to bright sunlight. They'll be fine indoors for a short time, but an outdoor location is best for the long term.
And what about tillandsias? Also called air plants, these almost carefree epiphytes need no soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves. They love bright, indirect sunlight. Tuck one into a decorative container and you have a delightful hostess gift.
Let's examine our shopping list:
Berkeley Botanical Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, Filoli, Quarryhill Botanical Garden, and San Francisco Botanical Garden all have affordable membership programs.
Falkirk Cultural Center offers free access to Master Gardeners' demonstration gardens showcasing succulents, Mediterranean gardening, under the oaks gardening, beneficial habitat gardening, and more. Pack a lunch, bring your guest and sit on the steps of the historic mansion for an easy, inexpensive nature experience.
Marin Art & Garden (MAGC) is also open to the public from sunrise to sunset. The rose garden, designed and maintained by the Marin Rose Society, offers a fragrant treat from April to October. Majestic, century old trees are beautiful in all seasons. Unique specialty gardens provide an opportunity to explore and discover a diverse collection of plants.
Gifts from the heart — and the able bodied — are a welcome treat for many. Consider a personal gift certificate, good for:
Marin Master Gardeners are always here for help; go to marinmg.org for more information about gardening in beautiful Marin County.
May your holiday shopping be merry, bright and green.