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.

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Take a Tour of a Botanical Garden Filled With California Native Plants

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Tips to Grow Better Cherry Tomatoes in Northern California

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    Northern California Regional Reports

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Perfect Plants for a Heavenly Hellstrip in Northern California

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Great Native Plants for Gardens in Northern California

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    The Best Spring Annuals to Direct-Sow in Northern California

    Looking forward to a delightful spring and exuberant garden beds filled with cheerful, eye-catching, colorful flowers? Here in Northern California, the best spring show is achieved by starting work in…

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    Colorful Camellias for the Winter Garden in Northern California

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Tips for Choosing and Planting a Bareroot Fruit Tree in Northern California

    Plucking mouthwatering fruit from your own home-grown fruit tree is so rewarding. Growing your own lowers your carbon footprint (that luscious peach you're biting into was not driven in from…

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    Northern California: February Garden To-Do List

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