Del Mar Fall Garden Show
California Protea Association
June, 2015

Hello Members! Hope you are managing to stay cool.

A trimmed-down, printed version of this newsletter was mailed out to our members recently, along with the 2015 Farm and Flower Guide. (By now you should have it.) The Guide features a beautiful King Protea on the cover and a nice ad for the CPA on page 40. Take a look when you have a moment. You will see a beautiful piece about Proteas on page 20 and you may recognize some of our members featured in photos and ads of their own.


Propagation Party a Big Hit

Members brought stem cuttings to share and exchange. What happened next was a great hands-on workshop and a lot of fun.

Mel gave a demonstration and offered a lot of great tips for success. He then continued to supervise and provide support as members jumped in and got their hands dirty.

You can click here to read more about this event and see lots of great photos!

Avocado Festival

The annual Avocado Festival benefits the community of Fallbrook and the CPA. People come to the Festival, which was held on April 19th this year, from all over the United States and see what a beautiful area of Southern California we live in. It is estimated that on average, 100,000 people visit this one day Festival each year which creates a fantastic opportunity for exposure for the CPA.

While the Festival celebrates the agricultural heritage of Fallbrook, it also provides the CPA with an opportunity to be out meeting and educating large numbers of visitors on Protea. The weather definitely cooperated and the day was fantastic, being out in the sunshine speaking to people about Protea. It was great to see all the interest in Protea and to be able to offer valuable information on care and propagation to so many interested visitors. We were able to sell many plants and bouquets which raises money for the CPA.

Thank you to everyone who contributed cut stems, plants and your valuable time (planning, set-up of the booth, selling, educating visitors, and at the end of the day, tearing everything down and hauling it off).  All your participation and contributions are always greatly appreciated.  


Protea Garden Progress

The first phase of the protea garden has been installed at Mira Costa College Oceanside Campus.

Members of the California Protea Association and protea growers, showed their generosity with over 70 plants and $145.00 in seed monies donated to help get the project in the ground. Students and volunteers dug holes and planted the first phase before the semester ended in May.

"We were given a very good representation of plant material," said Ben Gill who designed and organized the project.  There are Banksia, Protea, Leucadendron and Leucospermum, with many varieties of each.  

"I think it will give the garden a spectacular spring show of colors, textures and styles with pins and leucadendrons. It will also have a very good representation of other flowers and blooms throughout the year."  The project has a new efficient, Netafim drip irrigation system, installed and controlled by the Horticultural department irrigation controller.  The compost and mulches were donated by El Corazon Compost Facility in Oceanside.

Gill says the garden is not completely finished as of yet.  "We still need to get some boulders and stone for the basins; it's a work in progress."  The Horticultural Department nursery supervisor, Jason Kubrock, has given some interesting specimens of Aloes and other South African and Australian natives to be included into the garden. "It's going to look really great when it finished" stated Brandon Clarkson one of the student interns on the project.

The garden is located in front of the parking lot of the 7000 Horticultural Building on 1 Barnard Drive on the Mira Costa Campus Oceanside, CA.



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