September in Sonoma County
UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County and Sonoma County Jail Industries are hosting a joint plant sale featuring over 1500 succulents grown by Master Gardeners along with the perennials, shrubs, California natives and trees available at Jail Industries. Master Gardeners will be giving talks and demonstrations and have displays covering succulent care, succulent container creations, composting and successful gardening practices. A variety of beautiful horizontal and hanging container arrangements will be available for sale. Quantities are limited for some of the succulent varieties - consider shopping early! The sale will be at Jail Industries in Santa Rosa.
Click here for the list of succulents for sale.
Click here for the succulent plant sale poster.
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
Interested in becoming a master gardener? Click here for information and the application for the 2018 training program.
|Succulent Plant Sale - Santa Rosa at Jail Industries||9/21/2017|
|Building a (Mostly) Native Garden - Petaluma||9/23/2017|
|Soil: Don’t Step on It- It’s Alive -Rincon||9/23/2017|
|Supermarket Orchids Survival Guide-Sebastopol||9/23/2017|
Find links to workshop handouts under Resources/Workshop Handouts.
Sundays with Sue
By SCMG Sue Lovelace
SUNDAYS WITH SUE - Updated: September 17, 2017
Have a great week!
“If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” Robert Brault
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Food Gardening Editor: Stephanie Wrightson
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