Please join U Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners at Harvest Day 2010 “Celebrating 30 Years of Gardening Advice” on Saturday, August 7, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This premier gardening event features timely gardening topics presented under a spreading oak canopy, surrounded by an ornamental, water efficient landscape garden, edible demonstration gardens featuring blueberries, grapes, orchard fruit, vegetables, and so much more. The Master Gardeners are particularly excited to have “Farmer Fred” Hoffman, host of the “KFBK Garden Show” and KSTE “Get Growing” as a featured speaker. Here’s a small event preview:
Q. Should I use Vitamin B-1 to reduce transplant shock?
A. Don’t waste money. Fred Hoffman “weeds out” gardening myths (8:30)
Q. Can a beautiful and productive landscape and water conservation happily co-exist?
A. Absolutely! Check out Missy Borel as she shares Arboretum All-Star champions (9:30)
Q. Do I have to start over with my outdated water-wasting irrigation system?
A. Probably not. Don Smith, irrigation expert extraordinaire, has tips for retrofitting an existing system with new technology (10:30)
Q. My spouse likes “pretty” plants; I want edibles—can this marriage be saved?
A. Not to worry. Alison Harris will help you integrate edible and encourage a year-round harvest (11:30). Hint: Edible plants can be pretty too
Q. Will succulents grow in containers on my small patio?
A. Yes. Don’t miss Ernesto Sandoval’s enthusiastic container-planting session (12:30)
Q. My friend doesn’t garden—is there something for her to do and see?
A. There will be a silent auction with gardening and other items, and lots of educational tables. Who doesn’t like to taste fabulous fruit, tomato and grape varieties?
Join us for this free, educational, and fun event.
What: Harvest Day 2010 “Celebrating 30 Years of Gardening Advice”
When: Saturday, August 7, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks
Activities: Timely educational lectures, demonstrations, grape, orchard fruit and tomato tasting, educational booths, garden-related items for purchase, food and drinks for purchase
For complete speaker schedule, list of educational tables and a map please visit: http://cesacramento.ucdavis.edu or (916) 875-6913
On October 6-8, 2010 the National Extension Master Gardener Coordinators Conference takes place on the Davis Campus in the Buhler Alumni Center. Master Gardener Coordinators and Academics who support the program from throughout the nation will come together to get ideas on program management, new concepts in adult learning, technology tools, Web training for volunteers, eXtension and Online Core Training for volunteers. UC ANR’s Senior Vice President Dan Dooley will be our opening speaker on the Initiative Focus for programs in California and their impact. Master Gardener Coordinators, and other academics are invited to attend. To register and view the full agenda go to the conference website at: http://ucanr.org/sites/master_gardener/
If you have questions, please contact Pam Geisel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or James Sigala (email@example.com)
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Sunday, June 6th in Petaluma and Cotati
Tour the backyards of six outstanding Master Gardeners and learn how they all met challenges on their sites with creative solutions from the ground up. Delightful plantings meet the needs of their land and lifestyles but also show how underlying challenges can become positive elements in a garden’s design. See our “Top Plants for Sonoma County” in the home landscape and then, using the plant lists for each garden, find many of them at our Plant Sale of over 200 varieties of shrubs, perennials, grasses, groundcovers and succulents – all propagated by Master Gardeners. Visit our Craft Market to find handcrafted art from recycled materials to accent your garden.
Take advantage of demonstrations and advice on vegetable gardening, irrigation, soils and compost, beneficial insects, bees, lawn replacement, container gardening, nurturing wildlife in the garden, propagation, designing with form and foliage for low-maintenace and year-round interest, and diagnosing plant problems.
We hope you’ll join us for a day of exploring landscapes rarely open to the public, and learn strategies that will help you make the most of your outdoor space. Please go to www.sonomamastergardeners.org for more information, including garden descriptions with photos and a list of the plants that will be for sale. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gardens, available for purchase:
1. online at the website using Visa or Mastercard
2. in person at the following locations:
All Sonoma County Copperfield's stores
Cottage Gardens and Tuscan Gardens in Petaluma
Master Gardener office
3. by mail:
Bloomin' Backyards c/o Sonoma County Master Gardeners, 133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 109, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Checks payable to UC Regents must be received by May 28th.
Local artist Laurelin Gilmore and the Sacramento Bee have teamed up to feature honey bee art and education at the Sacramento Bee on Saturday, May 8! Amazing honey bee art arrived from very talented and generous local artists. These pieces will be for sale on Saturday and proceeds will be donated to UC Davis for honey bee research.
Saturday May 8, 2010
Sacramento Bee outdoor courtyard
2100 Q St., Sacramento, CA 95816
The Department of Entomology will have an observation hive on display, Sacramento Area Bee Keepers Association will have honey samples and we’ve got great educational tables where you can learn about our campus’ Honey Bee Haven garden and how you can support pollinators in your own backyard. Please come by with your family and enjoy the live band and beautiful artwork.
See you there!
Do you love trees? The UC Davis Arboretum will be hosting a celebration of all things OAK on Oak Discovery Day on Sunday, May 2nd from 1 pm to 4 pm in Shields Oak Grove. After silently growing for almost half a century, the venerable trees in the Arboretum's Shields Oak Grove will debut as the featured attraction of this spring event.
With almost 300 mature trees representing over 80 different varieties of oaks from around the world, Shields Oak Grove is a wonderful oak destination. This spring celebration will spotlight oaks with an Arbor Day ceremony, oak tours, oak-related family activities, and exhibits of animals and insects associated with oaks - all centered around a newly constructed Oak Discovery Trail. Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to:
- Sculpt a leaf or acorn out of clay with artist Donna Billick and scientist Diane Ullman
- See how Native Californians traditionally processed acorns for food with cultural interpreter Diana Almendariz
- Learn the latest news about protecting California's oaks from Sudden Oak Death with UC Davis expert David Rizzo
For more information about Oak Discovery Day, visit the Arboretum website athttp://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/documents/OakDiscoveryDaySchedule_000.pdf .