September in Sonoma County
Join Us at the Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration Sunday, October 1st
At the Harvest Celebration, guests will enjoy unique sensory experiences, delicious wines and seasonal produce, surrounded by the beautiful Kendall-Jackson estate gardens and also have fun listening to brief presentations and discussing garden questions with Master Gardeners of Sonoma County. Presentation topics will range from Sustainable Home Landscaping, Beekeeping and Planting for Pollinators, Food Gardening in Containers and Small Spaces, Water-wise Gardening, and Succulent Crafts with Pumpkins to exhibits highlighting Sudden Oak Death, Insect Identification, Plant Diseases, and Vermiculture. $125 general; $100 wine club members admission. Invite family and friends! It will be delightful! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.kj.com/events/ harvest-celebration
The Fall/Winter Food Garden
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
Sonoma County residents wishing to schedule a garden consultation can click here.
Sonoma County Master Gardeners are partnered with the Sonoma County Water Agency on a 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
|Growing Perennial Vegetables and Small Fruits - Petaluma||9/30/2017|
|Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration benefiting Master Gardeners of Sonoma County||10/1/2017|
|Composting - Guerneville||10/7/2017|
|Monarchs and Milkweed - Petaluma||10/7/2017|
Find links to workshop handouts under Resources/Workshop Handouts.
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - Updated: September 24, 2017
After attending a School Garden Network Workshop at Old Adobe School in Petaluma, it is easy to see why their far reaching guidance, education, nutrition support of school gardens and garden coordinators have been so valuable. In this particular workshop meant for garden coordinators in Sonoma County schools, we took a tour of the Adobe School Garden (Wow!), then learned all kinds of educational activities in regards to seeds (where they are on a plant, when to harvest, how to save, the many ways seeds are spread, and how the seeds grow). Later, we all went home or to individual school gardens with lots of seeds and tomatoes from the school garden. Thank you, School Garden Network, for all you have done and continue to do, so that children will have sound basics surrounding food growing and helping their environment by learning and employing organic, sustainable practices!! You rock!!
Enjoy your week in the garden!!
“Create a garden; bring children to farms for field trips. I think it’s important that parents and teachers get together to do one or two things they can accomplish well- a teaching garden, connecting with farms near by, weave Food into the curriculum.” Alice Waters
Master Gardeners in Print
The Garden Doctors
Dana Lozano & Gwen Kilchherr, The Press Democrat
Webmasters: Kim Roche, Stan Pawlak
Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Staff Photographers and Videographers
Electra de Peyster
Laura Salo Long