Hero Image

Workshops

View, download or print the Fall 2022 Workshop flyer.

About the Workshops

Registration and cancellations
  • Workshops are free—registration is required for all workshops.
  • Participation is limited. Limit is indicated for each workshop.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Heavy rain cancels outdoor workshops (unless noted); canceled workshops will be rescheduled.
Workshop Locations
  • Pat’s Barn and the Demonstration Garden: Patrick Ranch, 10381 Midway, between Chico and Durham.
  • Other locations: registered participants will receive an address via email one week before the workshop.
  • Some workshops will be online via Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID number will be e-mailed after registration and again a few days before the workshop.
Questions? Need to cancel? Want to get on a Workshop Waiting List?

Please email us at anrmgbutte@ucanr.edu. Be sure to include your phone number in case we need to contact you.

Watch a Workshop

Missed a workshop? Videos of some past workshops can be found on our YouTube channel.

Like Our Workshops?

Gifts help support our workshops, the Demonstration Garden at Patrick Ranch, and Master Gardener community outreach projects in Butte County.

Give a gift to the UC Master Gardeners of Butte Coubty

Thank you! Your support is greatly appreciated!

October


Lawn Conversion to Lower Water Use and Add Interest to Your Garden NEW

Wednesday, October 5, 6–7:30pm
Pat’s Barn, limit 30 people

Lawn conversion doesn't have to be physically difficult, but it does take planning and time. We'll walk you through the steps of planning, preparation, process, and replanting. The desired end product is lower water bills, more wildlife, and more variety in the garden.

Register for Lawn Conversion

Bonsai

Friday, October 7, 10–11:30am
Demonstration Garden, limit 20 people

New this year is this how-to workshop by Ruben Rodarte on the ancient art of Bonsai. Learn to use pruning and training techniques to create an artful miniature replica of a full-grown tree or tree-scape in nature. Bonsai focuses on the creation of beauty, primarily to provide a focus for contemplation.

Register for Bonsai

Heat in the Garden—and What to do about it NEW

Tuesday, October 11, 10–11:30am
Pat’s Barn, limit 30 people

Who hasn’t experienced excessive heat in their gardens these past few years? What is a gardener to do? We will look at the causes of heat and the problems it can create in the garden. Too much heat directly affects plants and predisposes them to diseases and insect damage. In doing so, heat interacts with many factors determining plant growth, especially temperature, water, and wind. We will discuss symptoms of heat stress and their effect on the life stages of different crops. Then we will discuss ways to minimize these harmful effects through plant selection, time of planting, timing of growth stages, plant placement (including containers), and cultural practices. You will take away many practical tips to make your garden both more successful and a kinder place for plants.

Register for Heat in the Garden

Composting

Tuesday, October 18, 10–11:30am
Demonstration Garden, limit 20 people

Composting uses leaves, garden waste, and kitchen scraps to create a wonderful soil-enriching medium. In this workshop we will discuss different ways to create compost using techniques that range from simple to complex. Understanding these options will help you choose the style that best fits your resources and needs.

Register for Composting

Vertical Gardening plus Edible Gardening NEW

Thursday, October 27, 10–11:30am
Pat’s Barn, limit 30 people

Come and enjoy learning about a creative and different way to grow fruits, vegetables, and vines in your garden. We will explore the reasons why going vertical is a terrific practical idea, and provide examples of how easily and affordably most gardens may be adapted to a vertical production approach. We will also tour our demonstration garden and discuss the many examples of vertical gardening on display there.

Register for Vertical Gardening


November


Drought Talk

Wednesday, November 9, 6–7:30pm
Pat’s Barn, limit 30 people

When drought conditions are prolonged, landscape plants, trees, and lawns may suffer temporary or permanent damage. While you might not be able to save them all, you can take precautions in your garden that will help you define your gardening priorities, save the plants it makes sense to save, and plan for continuing drought conditions. The information presented here is designed to help you make the right decisions for watering and managing your landscape when Mother Nature turns the spigot off.

Register for Drought Talk

Native Plants NEW

In conjunction with Paradise Garden Club
Monday, November 14, 1–2pm
Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway, Paradise, limit 30 people

Post-Camp Fire returnees to Paradise are faced with challenging gardening conditions: previously shaded yards now experience full sun; there is an ongoing drought; and there are always deer to contend with. Landscaping with native plants can help meet these challenges. Native plants conserve water, attract pollinators, and are tailored to our climate and conditions. Join Master Gardeners Cindy Weiner and Ellen Michels and learn how to select, site, plant, and care for natives and other sun-loving and drought-tolerant plants.

Register for Native Plants

Drip Irrigation Installation and Maintenance

Wednesday, November 16, 6–7:30pm
Pat's Barn, limit 30 people

Drip irrigation is arguably the most efficient method of providing water to trees, crops, gardens, and landscapes. The surface drip irrigation emitter system was first developed in Israel, where the dry climate makes water conservation a necessity. This workshop will provide an overview of different options available for drip irrigation systems and how to install them. You will also learn how to troubleshoot and inspect your system, and how to make repairs when needed.

Register for Drip Irrigation

Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs NEW

Tuesday, November 29, 12–1:30pm
Demonstration Garden, limit 20 people

A professional arborist will discuss the right season to prune ornamental trees and shrubs, and how to choose the proper cuttings for size and shape. He will also make recommendations for the right tools to use for cutting various branches and limbs. Note that this workshop will not cover pruning fruit trees.

Register for Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs


December

Registration will be available November 1st.


Fruit Tree Pruning NEW

Saturday, December 3, 10–11:30am
Private residence in Chico, limit 12 people

Learn about the different fruit tree bearing habits and how those guide pruning decisions for regular bearing and good fruit size. This workshop will take place in a Master Gardener’s orchard to demonstrate and discuss the best way to prune various fruit trees. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Gardening for a Lifetime

Tuesday, December 6, 10–11:30am
Demonstration Garden, or Pat’s Barn if the weather is cold, limit 20 people

Gardens and gardeners grow and change with time. And while the garden beckons as strongly as ever, tasks such as pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, pruning, hauling, and moving heavy objects become increasingly difficult with advancing years. Still, the idea of giving up our passion is unthinkable for most gardeners. To stay healthy and active in the garden, we offer practical advice that will help transform daunting chores into sustainable activities. We will share ideas about plants, labor saving techniques, and tools. Because cultivating good body balance and maintaining strength is important in order to keep gardening, this workshop includes a demonstration of easy yoga-based stretches for gardeners.

Covid Safety Guidelines

As of July 17, 2022

While COVID-19 is still present in our community, the UC Master Gardener Program of Butte County recommends wearing a mask as we return to in person activities. Although it is not currently required, this measure can protect the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, program participants, and communities. In addition, as we go forward, government mandates or facility rules may require wearing masks. UC ANR employees, volunteers, and program participants must follow any such requirements while participating in UC ANR programs or activities. Guidelines are subject to change.