Local pro gardener encouraging donations to programs

Local professional gardener Kim Haworth has teamed with Hansen’s Natural and the National Gardening Association to encourage San Franciscans to help raise $10,000 for Bay Area schools’ gardening programs.

How are you helping to raise money for school programs? Hansen’s is celebrating San Francisco with an online contest where people can post a photo and vote for other people’s photos. For every photo that receives a vote, 10 cents goes to a children’s gardening program in the Bay Area. 

Why is gardening important for kids? Gardening keeps you connected with the Earth. It opens the door to learning that kids can feel and take part in.

What do you encourage people to plant in the Bay Area? I’m standing on a soapbox for planting indigenous plants native to California because so many of those plants have been lost and they don’t require any water, fertilizer or pesticides. They hold the soil to prevent erosion. For example, the Cotoneaster produces fall berries and it’s a nicely shaped plant.

What’s one of your favorite plants? It’s called the Matilija poppy and it blooms all summer long, with 8-inch flowers that look like fried eggs. They’re beautiful and they don’t require any care at all.

What’s your favorite nursery? I would say probably the Sloat [Garden Center]. They have a knowledgeable staff and are just great. And a nursery will always order plants for you if they don’t have what you want.

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