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

    Evergreen Ground Covers for Shade in Northern California

    Create an easy-care tapestry of color and texture in your shade garden, and keep pesky weeds at bay at the same time! These shade-loving, evergreen ground-huggers are all easy to…

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Pest Control for Northern California: Rose Slugs

    Although they resemble miniature slugs, rose slugs are not true slugs at all. They’re the larval stage of the European sawfly (Endelomyia aethiops), a small, rather innocent-looking flying insect. European…

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    Northern California September Garden To-Do List

    With days getting shorter and an occasional touch of morning chill in the air, September begins to feel like fall. In both the ornamental and the edible garden, it's time…

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Carefree Climbing Roses for a Northern California Garden

    Climbing roses (Rosa spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9) add color, beauty, and vertical interest to your garden. They can transform bare walls, fences, pergolas, tuteurs, and obelisks into showy, bloom-filled…

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Wind-Tolerant Plants for Northern California

    Gardening in a windy, exposed area can be a challenge. Luckily, some plants are not only impervious to the effects of gusts or breezes but will react in such a…

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    The Best Warm-Season Veggies for Container Gardening in Northern California

    Some of us veggie gardeners are blessed with several acres, but some of us have smaller yards to work with. Some of us may even be limited to just a…

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Growing Rhododendrons in Northern California

    Rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9) are colorful, ornamental woody plants that are most at home in damp climates with mild temperatures. The Rhododendron genus is a large one,…

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    These Shears Are an Essential for Tidying Your Garden

    My medium-duty bonsai thinning shears from Joshua Roth (model #133) are the best all-around snipping shears I’ve ever used and might be the most-loved and most-used gardening tool that I…

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Firescaping in Northern California

    "Fire season" is a reality for Northern California gardeners beginning in late summer through fall, with fire concerns mounting steadily each year. Wildfires threaten—and sometimes consume—wildlands, farmlands, and homes. Though…

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Growing Potatoes in Northern California

    Homegrown potatoes are delicious, easy to grow, packed with nutrition, and so much fun to harvest! Read on for tips on how to grow them as well as my recommendations…