June in Sonoma County
Master Gardeners of Sonoma County welcome you to our tour of five unique gardens in and around the beautiful hills of west Sonoma County. The diverse gardens were chosen to highlight, demonstrate, and promote good gardening practices. Throughout the tour you will find demonstrations on growing vegetables, water-wise native plants, lawn replacement, drip-irrigation, companion planting, composting, attracting beneficial insects and bees, and more. Find out more.
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
GARDEN SENSE PROGRAM RECEIVES 1ST PLACE AWARD IN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION'S SEARCH FOR EXCELLENCE
Sonoma County residents wishing to schedule a garden consultation can click here.
Sonoma County Master Gardeners have partnered with the Sonoma County Water Agency on a new project called GardenSense. The project is intended to help local gardeners further improve their water conservation practices. A free on-site consultation by a pair of GardenSense Consultants will demonstrate to residents how to easily conserve water (and save money) by creating a climate-appropriate garden that is healthy, environmentally sound, and most of all – beautiful!
Topics covered in consultations include advice on lawn removal, low water use plants appropriate to your site, conversion of sprinklers to drip irrigation, an irrigation assessment including overall suggestions for improving water efficiency, and sustainable garden practices.
Growing a Thriving Vegetable Garden with Less Water
The Food Gardening Specialists (FGS) of the UCCE Sonoma Master Gardeners are excited to present water-wise food gardening strategies. Given our hot, dry summers along with the prediction of extended drought, we can’t afford to waste a drop. This video demonstrates how home and community gardeners can grow a thriving vegetable garden with less water. In addition, this video is complemented by a planting scheme and a drip system instruction and shopping list that reflect the 4x8-foot demonstration vegetable bed in the video. Click here for these documents along with additional helpful documents for food gardening with less water.
Ask a Master Gardener
Questions and Answers from the Helpline
Master Gardener-staffed Help Desks are located
at Sonoma County Farmers' Markets and Fairs
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by the UC Davis Cooperative Extension.
Sonoma County Master Gardeners will provide environmentally sustainable, science-based horticultural information to all of Sonoma County’s population. We strive for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our organization.
UCCE Farm Advisor: Paul Vossen
SCMG Coordinator: Mimi Enright
|Composting & Vermicomposting Workshop-Santa Rosa||7/9/2016|
|Composting & Vermicomposting Workshop-Sonoma||7/16/2016|
|Water Capture and Greywater-Petaluma||7/21/2016|
|Composting & Vermicomposting Workshop-Graton (Spanish Only)||7/25/2016|
Seed Bank Speaker Series
Join us for the last presentation in the Petaluma Seed Bank Speaker Series:
‘Beat the Heat with Alternative Water Resources- a talk on greywater re-use and rainwater harvesting.
July 21, 6PM - 8PM at the Petaluma Seed Bank. Click here to read More and sign up>
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - June 26, 2016
This week coming up is American Flower's week. This celebration of American grown flowers in the floral industry was generated by Slow Flowers an organization pioneered by Debra Prinzing. Much like "Slow Food", "Slow Flowers" encourages the floral industry to grow or purchase flowers locally without the use of chemical pesticides. Check out the website, slowflowers.com for lots of good information on the movement plus a list of florists in your area that commit to it. Debra has written 2 books: Slow Flowers and 50 Mile Bouquet, both celebrating floral growers and florists that grow and operate sustainably
If you are in the Roseland area, check out the community garden and the adjacent community park with a beautiful outdoor cooking area and areas for families to enjoy. Located on West Street, Landpaths team with community volunteers to bring food growing opportunities to families and classes of school children. Master Gardeners of Sonoma County are helping lay the groundwork for a demo and pollinator garden. Pretty exciting!!
Have a good week!
"Growing food was the first activity that gave us enough prosperity to stay in one place, form complex social groups, tell our stories, and build our cities." Barbara Kingsolver
Master Gardeners in Print
Rosemary McCreary is a gardener extraordinaire and Sonoma County Master Gardener in addition to being a professional writer and author. For 17 years, she shared her gardening wisdom with us in The Press Democrat. She's ending that adventure with her final Homegrown column. This last article is a great reflection on how our idea of gardening in Sonoma County has changed, and what a blessing it is to live here. Thank you Rosemary!
Form and Foliage
Delight your senses: visit Sonoma County Master Gardener Sara Malone's Form and Foliage blog. Janice LeCocq, photographer of Sara's Petaluma garden, gives us her unique perspective. https://formandfoliage.wordpress.com/
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr
Webmaster: Kim Roche
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers
Electra de Peyster
Laura Salo Long