UC Master Gardeners of Butte County
University of California
UC Master Gardeners of Butte County


Spring 2019

About the Workshops

  • Registration is required for all workshops.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Heavy rain cancels outdoor workshops (unless noted); cancelled workshops will be rescheduled.

Workshop Locations

  • Pat’s Barn and the Demonstration Garden: Patrick Ranch, 10381 Midway, between Chico and Durham.
  • Private Residences: registered participants will receive an address via email one week before the workshop.

Questions? Need to cancel? Want to get on a Workshop Waiting List?
Please email us at anrmgbutte@ucanr.edu.

View a printable PDF file of the spring workshops.


Garden Tool Care
Friday, March 15, 10:30am–12 pm
Demonstration Garden, 30 people

Rob Fanno from Fanno Saw Works will tell us how to take care of our garden tools. He will discuss the different types of pruning tools (hand shears, loppers, hand saws, pole saws and pole trimmers), provide an overview of material differences in the selection process, discuss strengths and weaknesses of specific tools, and review tool care and maintenance.


Gardening for a Life Time and Yoga for Gardeners NEW
Tuesday, March 19, 1–2:30pm
Demonstration Garden, 30 people

Gardens and gardeners grow and change with time. And though the garden beckons as strongly as ever, tasks such as pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, pruning, hauling, and moving heavy objects becomes increasingly difficult with advancing years. But 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 to continue to garden, this workshop includes a demonstration of easy yoga positions for gardeners.



Tuesday, April 16, 10:30am–12pm
Demonstration Garden, 15 people

Learn the best time to propagate woody perennials and divide plants; how to select and make cuttings; the proper techniques for dividing plants; the best planting mediums to use; and how to plant cuttings and divided plants. You will get to take home several plant starts from cuttings in our Demonstration Garden. Bring your own garden pruners; all other materials will be provided.

This workshop is currently full. Please email us at anrmgbutte@ucanr.edu to be put on the waiting list.

Series April 25–May 16

Year Round Vegetable Gardening Program NEW
Four consecutive Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 9am–12pm
Pat's Barn, 20 people
$40; Please bring cash or check to the first session

This four-part workshop series focuses on providing beginning gardeners with the information and confidence they need to start successful vegetable gardens; in containers, raised beds, the backyard, or in a community garden. Included in the fee is a handbook that is a companion piece for the lectures, demonstrations, and hands on activities.

Workshop dates and topics are:
April 25—Planning your Garden
May 2—Getting Started
May 9—Pest Management
May 16—Food Preservation

An agenda of the topics to be covered each week will be provided to participants prior to each workshop.

This workshop series is adapted for Butte County from a program that started in Los Angeles County in 2010, and was adapted for and offered in Contra Costa County in 2017.



Gardening with Children NEW
Saturday, May 11, 10:30am–12pm
Demonstration Garden, 30 people

Gardens are a great place to cultivate meaningful and fun learning experiences for children.  Gardening teaches children the plant life cycle process, as well as responsibility, caretaking, independence, and environmental awareness. Introducing children to gardening increases their awareness of where food comes from and the importance of the environment in everyday life.  In this workshop, we will share ideas for age-appropriate garden activities.


How to Manage Gophers in your Garden
Thursday, May 23, 10:30am–12pm
Demonstration Garden, 30 people

There is nothing peskier than gophers in your garden. Join us to gain some knowledge about how to deal with these monsters that plague your yard. We will also have a Master Gardener available to show you exactly how to set Gopher Traps.



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