December in Sonoma
Drought Tolerant Conifers for Sonoma
Hand-made Holiday Wreaths
by Sonoma County Master Gardener Gaius Robinson
by Sonoma County Master Gardener Tweedy Olson
GardenSense - On-site WaterWise Garden Consultations
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.
Drought Management Guidelines is the master document and addresses all aspects of gardening with lower water
Food Gardening with Less Water discusses how to be water-wise and successful growing a food garden during a drought.
Drought Resistant Crops lists edible varieties that require less water than normal.
How Much Water Does My Food Garden Need? is exactly what the title says
A More In-Depth Look at Food Gardening with Less Water is also self-explanatory
Ask a Master Gardener
Questions and Answers from the Helpline
Projects Around the County
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
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE: Hi Everyone! I hear it is pouring in Sonoma County. Yea! We are in Palm Harbor, Florida visiting our son and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. The weather here, by the Gulf, has been pretty cool but is supposed to warm up in the next few days. The flora is clearly different from Sonoma County, even our Coastal areas. Looking around, our "house plants" are everywhere! However, there are many varieties of pine and oak trees, believe it or not. Today, I was out on a scouting mission to collect material for a Christmas wreath. Here's what I came back with (No, I did not offer to prune someone's trees! What I found was on the ground, honest!): pine cones and boughs, dried live oak leaves and seed pods, cedar boughs (Couldn't believe it: a whole branch laying on the sidewalk!), Tillandsia(Air plants in the Bromeliaceae family.) and Spanish moss (also a Tillandsia). Will try and get a picture once I finish.
The egrets, pictured, are everywhere like hawks at home!
Also, pictured is an Awari Satsuma mandarin orange tree that was bearing fruit when I left. It is one of the hardiest citrus (cold to 15 degrees) and does really well in our climate. The fruit is very sweet and is seedless. Harvest is usually right now through January. Mulching real well after all of these rains will really help our fruit trees. Covering the citrus (even stringing Christmas lights, not LED) will help protect them if temps get really low for a period of time.
"The best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Master Gardeners in Print
Rosemary's Recent Articles
Master Gardeners in the News
Several other master gardeners write about gardening, and are often sought by newspapers and publications for opinions about gardening topics.
SCMG Sara Malone was featured recently in the Press Democrat discussing drought tolerant trees from the Top Plants of Sonoma Count.
Master Gardener Anne Brewer's Sonoma garden is featured in this PD article.
Master Gardeners Janet Barroco and Ellyn Pelikan feature in this PD article on Tea Gardening.
Farm Advisor Paul Vosson and Master Gardener Sandy Metzger comment on gardening in the drought in the Press Democrat
Master Gardener Heidi Stewart on worm composting in the Press Demo.
Master Gardener Ann Chambers' work is highlighted in this PD article on orchids.
Master Gardeners Susan Foley and Sandy Main are featured in this PD article on succulents.
SCMG Website Editor Sara Malone's garden was featured in Fine Gardening Magazine.
Master Gardener Sara Malone's Petaluma winter-colorful "form and foliage" garden is featured in an article in the Press Democrat by Rosemary McCreary.
Farm Advisor Paul Vossen prepared a presentation on Controlling Gophers and Moles.
SCMG Editorial Board
Website Editorial Staff
Sara Malone-Editor in Chief
Editor and Webmaster: Steven Hightower
Kitchen Garden Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
Laura Salo Long