Tea Plants and Summer Veggies Thriving in the Cold

Despite the unseasonably cool weather we’ve been having over the past couple of weeks, the community garden at Persimmon Park is thriving! I’ve already seen a few small cucumbers and zucchini, as well as some huge tomato plants and pretty pink bean flowers.

Sun Gold Tomato IMG_1496TEA PLANTS

Are you looking for a way to add a little color to your garden, as well as attract bees, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects? Try growing some tea plants, which produce flowers all have shapes, colors, and sizes with the added bonus of bringing all the good critters to your vegetable beds! Some of my favorites include the licorice flavored anise hyssop and the pretty white and yellow flowered chamomile, but don’t forget flowering tea herbs such as lemon thyme and sage.


Want to learn more about tea plants and edible flowers? Stop on by the next class in the DIG IT series on Saturday, June 6th from 1-2PM! We’ll be discussing how to grow, harvest, and use edible flowers for cooking, brewing teas, and making beautiful bouquets. The class is free and open to the public, so please feel free to bring friends and family!



The vibrant Bay Meadows Town Square will be the ideal gathering place with ground floor retail, outdoor dining, pop-ups and more. Modeled after European plazas, it will include a large central fountain as the focal point and will serve as an energetic and dynamic urban core with plenty to keep you occupied. Once Caltrain is electrified, the platform will be elevated and grade separations will be installed on 31st and 28th Avenues, which means the Town Square will be the perfect place to relax outside for a glass of wine or an ice cream after a day of shopping at Hillsdale Mall.