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 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…

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    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,…

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    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…

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    Northern California September Garden To-Do List

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    Veggie Gardening by the Sea in Northern California

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    Homeowners take great pride in their homes and gardens but can often be faced with a displeasing view or unattractive chain-link fence that begs for obscuring. Luckily, many problems can…

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    Drought-Tolerant Shade Perennials for Northern California

    Dry-shade gardening might sound like a challenging proposition, but there's an outstanding array of choices available to water-wise gardeners looking to add perennial color and textural diversity to shadier spots…

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    Northern California August Garden To-Do List

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    Hot Summer Color for Northern California

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