- Author: Jeannette E. Warnert
The public is invited to hear presentations, watch demonstrations, visit educational booths, tour the gardens and sample fresh tree fruit, grapes and vegetables. The Master Gardeners will staff a plant clinic, where visitors can get answers to their most pressing garden questions. Numerous garden-related items will be up for bit at a silent auction.
Begun in the 1980s as a meeting for Master Gardeners, the Harvest Day was opened to the public in the 1990s. Now Harvest Day at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center is the "ultimate gardening event" in Sacramento.
The Fair Oaks Horticulture Center is also a place for sharing the latest research, the article said. Chuck Ingels, UC Cooperative Extension advisor, tested methods of controlling powdery mildew on grapes. During this trial, he discovered the very popular Diamond Muscat variety had a great deal of natural resistance to mildew without spraying.
"There's an indication that probably the most sought-after, best-tasting grape may also be resistant to the most serious grape disease," said Ingels, who will be available to discuss his findings on Satuday. "We'll have samples for tasting at Harvest Day."