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Workshops for Spring 2020

View, download or print the Spring 2020 Workshop flyer.

About the Workshops

Registration and cancellations
  • 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.
  • Other addresses are included in the description.
Questions? Need to cancel? Want to get on a Workshop Waiting List?

Please email us at anrmgbutte@ucanr.edu. Be sure to included your phone number so we can contact you.

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Master Gardener workshops have been canceled for April; cancellation is subject to extension as we follow state and local guidelines during the Covid-19 outbreak. Registration for May and June workshops will be available April 15th.


How to Grow and Use Herbs and Microgreens NEW

Saturday, May 9, 10:30am–noon
Demonstration Garden, limit 30 people

This workshop is all about herbs and microgreens: Find out the best ways to grow herbs, and explore the many ways to use them: dried, in teas, in herbal vinegars, and in home-made beauty products. Our resident herbalist will include her recipes and samples. In addition, she will discuss how to grow microgreens in your kitchen for use in salads, sandwiches, soups, and main dishes.

Hardscape in your Garden

Thursday, May 14, 10–11:30am
Sutherland Landscape Center, 20 people

In planning your new drought-tolerant landscapes consider adding hardscapes as well. Chose hardscape materials that are permeable so water will filter through and recharge our groundwater. Create places to sit and rest in the garden. Include boulders, rocks, and loose rock walls to provide wildlife habitat. We will meet at Sutherland Landscape to walk around and view the different materials available.

Firewise Landscaping Series: 4 Parts NEW

Wednesdays: May 13, May 20, May 27, and June 3, 10:30am–noon
Pat’s Barn, limit 30 people

Join the Butte County UC Master Gardeners for a course on rethinking your landscape design and maintenance routines to incorporate best practices for adapting to our changing climate. Topics include: considerations for California habitats; yard maintenance; garden design using defensible space guidelines; natural regeneration; erosion; mulching; fire ecology; post-fire care of trees and land; and the characteristics of those plants that provide the best fire resistance.


Gardening with Chickens NEW

Friday, June 5, 10–11:30am
Private Residence in the Chico area, limit 25 people

Backyard chickens offer more benefits than their fresh eggs. The focus of this workshop is how to create a symbiotic relationship between you, your garden, and your chickens. We will explore optimal garden design, including the selection of plants that benefit chickens, and we will introduce a number of resources on raising chickens that will help you optimize your space in relation to the needs of your chickens.