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.

  • Design

    7 Easy Fruit Trees to Grow Right in Your Own Backyard

    The main problem with many of the dwarf fruit trees available is that the fruit they produce rarely matches up to that of their full-size counterparts. Research continues, though, with…

  • How-To

    How to Grow Dwarf Fruit Trees

    Growing your own orchard fruits in the backyard is extremely rewarding and gives you an empowering sense of resiliency. It reduces your carbon footprint (that luscious peach you’re biting into…

  • How-To

    How to Prune Dwarf Fruit Trees

    Given the challenges of true dwarfing rootstocks (toppling and high moisture needs), many gardeners may choose a variety with a semi-dwarfing rootstock instead. That can be a good move. Semi-dwarfing…

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    Northern California Regional Reports

    Northern California December Garden To-Do List

    December is a quiet, restful month for most gardeners in Northern California. It’s a time for browsing seed, rose, and dahlia catalogs, reviewing the past year's gardening successes, and dreaming…

  • Northern California Regional Reports

    Northern California November Garden To-Do List

    In November the days are even shorter, the cold has set in, and with any luck, rains are a regular occurrence. Most gardeners are less inclined to spend time outdoors,…

  • Northern California Regional Reports

    Spectacular, Stress-Free Salvias for Northern California

    Salvias (Salvia spp. and cvs., Zones 5–11), or sages, can be grown for medicinal, culinary, or ornamental use. For gardeners wishing to beautify their ornamental beds and borders, there are…

  • Northern California Regional Reports

    Enchanting Evening Fragrances for Northern California

    After a hectic day's work, a gardener unwinds quickest with a relaxing visit to the garden. We stroll pathways, peruse perennial borders, and perhaps harvest veggies or blooms to bring…

  • Northern California Regional Reports

    Northern California October Garden To-Do List

    October's weather usually surprises us with heatwaves which make way for rainstorms. Nighttime temperatures often dip dramatically enough to bring frost to your garden. Days are noticeably shorter and fall…

  • Northern California Regional Reports

    Tips and Tricks for Successful Container Gardening in Northern California

    Are you confined to a balcony, deck, or patio yet yearn to embrace your passion for all things horticultural? You have no reason to contain your enthusiasm. A window box,…

  • Northern California Regional Reports

    Growing Lavender in Northern California

    Lavender (Lavandula spp. and cvs., Zones 4–10) is a member of the mint family and a genus that contains 47 known species with over 400 named varieties. It's rugged, easy…