Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Our Garden / Growing Olives in the Home Backyard

Date: June 7, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Contact: ccmg@ucanr.edu - UC Master Gardeners-Contra Costa

Sponsor: UC Master Gardener Program-Contra Costa

Location: North Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

Event Details

  • Ask a Master Gardener Table from 9 am to Noon
  • Speaker from 10 am to 11:30 am: John Fike, UC Master Gardener

Growing Olives in the Home Backyard

The olive tree...is it a blessing or a curse.  The olive tree has a storied history, providing fruit and oil for people over the past six millennia.  Resilient, versatile, drought resistant and attractive, the olive tree is a common sight in California near vineyards, in orchards, and as an appealing addition to the home landscape.  In 1998, however, California olive trees came under attack by a virulent pest, the Mediterranean Olive Fruit Fly.  This fly has now spread into many counties in the state and if not controlled it could have a devastating impact on the state’s almost 75 million-dollar olive industry.  While commercial growers are actively combatting the olive fruit fly, it is incumbent upon the homeowner to also try to contain the pest and minimize its spread within the county and beyond.  Whether an individual is interested in adding an olive tree to the home landscape simply for appearance, or if he/she is interested in actually harvesting the fruit, the presence of the Mediterranean Olive Fruit Fly needs to be considered.  This talk will introduce the biology of the olive fruit fly and provide information about University of California approved methods to control it.


About Our Garden

Our Garden is a public demonstration garden of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County, located in Walnut Creek at the corner of North Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive, just off Ygnacio Valley Road. From April through October, weekly speakers present a variety of information on edibles gardening and home gardening in general.

UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa maintain the garden and interface with the general public. We encourage you to bring in your home and garden questions and talk with a UC Master Gardener at the Ask a Master Gardener Table (9 am to Noon)!

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