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Finish Up Your Fall Planting

November 08, 2001

November is nearly as good a gardening month as October, though the days are shorter, the weather cooler and there is always a chance of rain. Winter is on the way, so finish up fall planting and get the garden ready.

Watch the shadow stretch across the garden as the sun dips ever lower, and note that some sunny areas become quite shaded. Don't plant things that need sun where it will soon not shine. On the other hand, areas in deep shade during summer, as under trees, are often bathed in sun all winter long--a good place for spring bulbs and many annuals.

You can still plant just about anything, even an entire landscape. Some gardeners wait until now, or even December, to plant spring flowers for blooms in late spring, when one is more likely to be outside enjoying the garden, and when rain is less likely to damage flowers.

Garden Calendar

* Talk by Ann Richardson, author of "Camellias: A Curator's Guide to the Camellia Collection in the Huntington Botanical Gardens," 2:30 p.m. today, followed by book signing and plant sale, at Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, (626) 405-2141, http://www.huntington.org . Program free, $10 admission to the gardens.

* Native plant sale by Channel Islands Chapter of California Native Plant Society, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Plaza Park, Santa Clara and Chestnut streets, Ventura. (805) 649-2270.

* "An Introduction to California's Native Plants" talk by Elizabeth Schwartz, 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday at the Arboretum of Los Angeles County, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, (626) 821-3222. $15 members/$18 nonmembers.

Send garden announcements to Garden Events, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, at least three weeks before the event date.

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