Alongside Nora is Susan Shevlin, the UC Master Gardener venue co-lead on the project.
The AHA has helped to establish 300 school teaching gardens nationwide and 40 in So. Cal. of which 14 are in Orange County. Their 2020 Impact Goal is to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease by 20% and improve overall heart health of all Americans.
What better way than to start with the kids and see how much more fruits and vegetables they will eat if they grow it themselves!
Listen to the joyful stories of kids really getting down and dirty and growing their own and getting healthy in so many ways!
Along with Dr. Bowler are three key members of the UCCE Master Gardener volunteer staff who help maintain the extremely unique South African bulb garden and many other facets of the 12.5 acre arboretum site located off Jamboree and Campus Drive.
Adjacent to the arboretum is the 202 acre San Joaquin Marsh Reserve – a vast, natural expanse which is one of the last remnants of wetlands that once covered much of Orange County's flood plain. UCI manages it and conducts pre-scheduled tours but otherwise, the marsh is closed to the public.
The UCI Arboretum avails itself to various schools on campus for studies such as common gardens, permaculture, aquaponics, and agro-ecology.
Learn all about this little-known but extremely precious resource for research and seasonal beauty right here on your university campus. An Open House at the Arboretum is coming up on Feb. 27th. Stay tuned!
Spring Blooms at the UCI Arboretum
- Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016
- 8 AM – 12:30 PM
Don't miss this opportunity to visit the beautiful UCI Arboretum. Closed to the public except for seasonal open houses, the spring open house highlights a walking tour of the San Joaquin Marsh, led by Dr. Peter Bowler, UCI Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Director of the UCI Arboretum, and Faculty Manager of the UC Natural Reserve System's San Joaquin Marsh and Burns Pinyon Ridge Reserves.
The open house also features two Master Gardener presented seminars on “Attracting and Supporting Butterflies in the Garden” and “Orchid Care”, as well as a Master Gardener led interactive butterfly exhibit, an opportunity to visit the Arboretum's orchid collection, and the “Ask a Master Gardener” booth where visitors can get answers to their gardening questions.
Complimentary plants to participants. For more information and to sign up for one or both seminars (space is limited), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission is free.
Parking in UCI Lot 90 at $2/hour payable at the kiosk.
Happy Gardening and hope to see you at the event,
UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County, California
In the first half of the show, UCCE Master Gardener and KUCI staff host Katrina Kirkeby spotlights a brand new Saturday public outreach program at our South Coast Research and Extension Center here in Irvine. On select Saturdays this year, whole families interested in gardening and food preservation can spend a couple of hours learning the full process.
The second half will be a replay of portions of our show on Square Foot Gardening with your host Master Gardener Mark Fierle talking to Mel Bartholomew.
She met with co-owner Mike Evans to talk about native California plants.
It is still time to plant your native gardens from now until early spring.
Learn and get inspired on how you can turn your garden into a natural, beautiful, appealing-to-the-senses, and yet easy-to-maintain habitat./span>