- Author: Mimi M Enright
This is a new model for how the Master Gardeners engage as we hope to share knowledge mutually and learn from each other. In fact during the first work day that we participated in, the Master Gardeners helped pull dandelion weeds and learned that they can be used for medicinal purposes!
Pictured here, at Bayer Farm on Feb. 28, is Master Gardener, Michael Knappman (far right) with Sonoma County LandPath's 'In Our Own Backyard' program counselor, Nick Whitaker along with 4th graders from a nearby school.
They were there to accept the first place award in the 'Community Service' category of the IMG's Search for Excellence for the Garden Sense program. They were proud to represent the hard work & commitment of all of the Garden Sense consultants who make the water conservation program such a huge success. There were over 900 Master Gardeners in attendance at the conference from the United States, Canada and South Korea.
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 reflects the 4x8-foot demonstration vegetable bed in the video.
For people wondering if they can have a food garden with limited available water, the Food Gardening Specialists (FGS) of the UCCE Sonoma Master Gardeners believe that the answer is, “Yes!” All you need to do is to scale planting to your family's likes and needs and to apply water-wise strategies to your vegetable garden. The video, along with helpful water-wise publications, is available for viewing on the SCMG website: Food Gardening with Less Water.
You CAN have a bountiful, water-wise vegetable garden in a drought!/span>
If you love to garden, want to learn about horticulture and to share your information with others, the Sonoma County Master Gardeners (SCMG) offer you the opportunity to learn and to use your knowledge of gardening to serve the community.
The Sonoma County Master Gardener program is a volunteer organization that extends the research and education of the University of California to Sonoma County home gardeners. Each trainee must have a commitment to community service in Sonoma County and be willing to volunteer as an agent of the University of California Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners are people of all ages and from all walks of life. They include businessmen and women, professionals, educators, retirees, homemakers, and students — all with some knowledge of plants and gardening. Master Gardeners must be enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others, and must be able to communicate with diverse groups of people.
Master Gardener trainees attend a training program comprising approximately one hundred fifteen hours of instruction in plant science and horticulture covering such topics as soils, fertilizers, irrigation, weeds, diseases, insects and other pests, fruit and landscape trees, vegetables, xeriscaping, and more. Each trainee receives The California Master Gardener Handbook as well as other UCCE publications. Classes are taught by experts in their fields. They include Cooperative Extension Advisors and specialists from the University of California at Berkeley and Davis, local community college faculty, and other knowledgeable resource people.
Training classes will be held on Thursdays, usually from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (some starting at 9:00 a.m.) from January through the middle of May. There will be a few classes held on Saturday
Applications must be received by 5pm, September 25.
The garden is located in the outdoor patio at Hall of Flowers. Master Gardener docents will be available on-site from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sonoma County Fair runs July 24 through August 9, closed Mondays.
Here are pictures of this year's demo garden.