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Re: planning trip to Calif

Oh- but Strybing Garden is in SF Golden Gate park and it is wonderful.  
And so it the Conservatory 
( http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/ )  which was completed 
overhauled and reopened a couple years ago- I love this place.  They 
have this humongous philodendron (amoung other facinating things).
North of SF is Muir Woods (redwoods). 
Up in DF's area there are zillions of nurseries that are wonderful, and 
also a really great garden that one of the wineries developed (I'm 
drawing a blank on which one right now). 
The UCDavis arboretum is also really nice. 
In the foothills there is a lovely large nursery Amador Flower Farm that 
I love wandering around it, and en route are a bunch of small wineries 
(without the crazy traffic of Napa) !  There are actually several native 
plant nurseries up in the foothills also and one nearby me in Elk Grove.

Also- this link might be useful as it has links to gardens, nurseries, 
etc in Sacramento:  http://www.sacramentogardening.com/
Of course you can also come by and see my lowly garden : )

Just some ideas...

Barbara wrote:

>Hi Tricia, I can recommend spending a day in Berkeley.  There is both a Univ
>of Calif botanical garden and another large garden, many many natives, in
>Tilden Park, both in the hills above Berkeley.  Also there is a wonderful
>nursery in Berkeley, Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, www.berkeleyhort.com.
>    UC Davis, west of Sacramento, has an arboretum which I hear is
>spectacular tho I have not been there.
>    I would also suggest Henry J Cowell Regional Park in the Santa Cruz
>Mountains (along the  coast south of San Francisco).  The redwoods are
>    Personally I would not bother with Golden Gate Park as I am someone who
>does not like city traffic, and the park while large and well planned is not
>well maintained these days.  But many people love San Francisco and the park
>is certainly a major part of the city.
>    Filoli would be fun (also south of San Francisco).. www.filoli.org.  Am
>not quite sure what their policy is about making reservations for tours.
>    Also, both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara have winery areas you may
>want to check out.  Many of the wineries have beautiful gardens and
>    Hope this helps!
>--Barbara Tandy, Grass Valley
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "pdickson" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 7:06 AM
>Subject: [CHAT] planning trip to Calif
>>I am working on planning a trip to Calif in April for 10 days.  We will
>>in and out of Sacramento. We will rent a card so that we can drive to my
>>sisters place in Monticito.
>>  I was hoping some of you could recommend some great gardening things to
>>see and do while we are there.
>>This is a trip for our 20th anniversary.
>>Thank you in advance for any help!
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