A Rainbow of Iris

Iris was a messenger between gods and humans in Greek myth, no wonder these flowers seem divine. Dotting the grounds of Marin Art & Garden Center, and perhaps the hillsides around you as well are splashes of bright purple, the blooms of Douglas Iris. This native plant grows wild all along the California coast, and…

Laurel House Update

Wondering what’s going on at your favorite antique and consignment shop? Big, exciting changes are in store. The members of the Northgate Group, who operated Laurel House Antiques for 63 years as volunteers in support of the Marin Art & Garden Center, held their final meeting last month, and the store closed for renovations on…

To Pull or Not to Pull?

Fava beans are among spring’s culinary treasures. But they’re also a great way to improve your soil. Many people plant fava beans in the cool winter months here in the Bay Area when they thrive. Since they possess the capacity to fix nitrogen into the soil (through a symbiotic relationship with Rhizobium bacteria), favas are…