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Why botanical names? Common names vary country to country and region to region. Do you have an Elephant ear somewhere in your plant collection? Is it an Alocasia odora, Colocasia esculenta, Philodendron bipinnatifidum, Haemanthus albiflos, or an Acacia dunnii? These plants are all commonly called Elephant Ears!
Introduction to Bonsai by Charles Harder who gave a presentation to LAVGC in 2012. For more information visit or join Bonsai Society of San Francisco (BSSF) or Shikishima Bonsai Club in Pleasant Hill.
Endangered Plants vs Invasive Plants
Please protect our endangered plants. Likewise do not plant or propogate "invasives".
Winter Garden Sheet Mulching System
NGC Floral Schools
NGC Schools in California (CGCI)
Ikebana - the art of Japanese flower arranging
IKEBANA is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature.
Ikebana has a number of schools: Aratame, Chiko, Enshu, Ikenobo, Ohara, Sogetsu and Wafu.
New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax and Phormium cookianum, known by Maori as harakeke and wharariki, is not the same as linen flax, Linum usitatissimum, which is farmed for fibre, seeds and linseed oil. Palms, lily grass History