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Fionuala Campion

Fionuala has loved the outdoors her whole life, with her passion for gardening beginning while playing and growing in the childhood gardens of her native Ireland. After moving to California over 30 years ago, she is the owner/manager of Cottage Gardens of Petaluma, a specialty nursery in NorCal. From this platform she shares her love of growing plants and transforming landscapes, while continuing to design and maintain gardens for clients.  Having raised four kids with an appreciation for nature and the outdoors, and successfully sent them on their way with remarkable weeding skills, Fionuala now lives in the countryside of Petaluma with her dogs, hens, ducks and heritage hogs.

  • Northern California Regional Reports

    Growing Citrus in Northern California

    With glossy evergreen leaves, fragrant spring flowers, and bountiful yields of delicious, vitamin-rich fruit, a citrus tree (Citrus spp. and cvs., Zones 9–11) can be a high-value, highly attractive addition…

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    Northern California: November Garden To-Do List

    Scatter seeds for California poppies (Eschscholzia californica, Zones 6–10) before the winter rains set in. Clean up fallen leaves and debris from around fruit trees. Mulch the bases of fruit…

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    Shade-Tolerant Flowering Climbers

    A beautiful vine adds visual vertical interest to the landscape. It can be used to dress up uninspiring fences and walls, hide unsightly views, or adorn a trellis, obelisk, or…

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    Australian Easy-Care Shrubs

    Shrubs are versatile woody plants that fill the middle ground between a landscape's taller trees and its lower-growing perennials and ornamental grasses. As such, they are often considered to be…

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    Northern California: October Garden To-Do List

    Plant garlic for overwintering and harvesting the following summer. Plant new trees, shrubs, vines, spring-blooming bulbs, and perennials. Fall and winter rains in Northern California ensure deep-rooted, well-established plants the…

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    English Roses Built for Northern California

    David Austin was a renowned, highly respected British rosarian dedicated to breeding a remarkable collection of vigorous, healthy, gorgeous roses of character and distinction. He blended the charm and fragrance…

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    Northern California: September Garden To-Do List

    Plant sweet pea (Lathurus odoratus, annual) seeds now for abundant, deliciously fragrant bouquets next spring! Keep harvesting your summer vegetables, and start canning! Check your end-of-summer irrigation needs, and feed…

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    Planting the Perfect Fall and Winter Veggie Garden

    Compared to growing a summer vegetable garden and all it entails (watering, weeding, fighting summer pests and heat-related fungal problems), growing a fall and winter garden in Northern California is…

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    Drought-Tolerant Ornamental Grasses

    Ornamental grasses come in different heights, habits, forms, and colors—from low-growing, tidy tufts and arching mid-height mounds to tall, towering, back-of-the-border beauties. They differ in light, soil, water, and care…

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    Growing Succulents Successfully in Northern California

    Succulents are remarkable plants that have evolved the ability to store and reserve water within their plump and fleshy leaves and stems. This allows them to remain hydrated during times…