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Workshops for Fall 2021

Masks are currently required for all indoor workshops. Learn more about our COVID Safety protocols.

View, download or print the Fall 2021 Workshop flyer.

About the Workshops

Registration and cancellations
  • Workshops are free—registration is required for all workshops.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Unless indicated workshops at the Demonstration Garden are limited to 20; Pat’s Barn is limited to 30.
  • 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.
  • Landscaping for a Future with Fire series is on Zoom. The workshop links are listed under each 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.

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October Workshops

When to Control Pests? Degree Days Tell Us NEW

October 8, 9–10:30am
Pat's Barn, limit 30 people

Ever wondered how to tell when to treat for certain pests like apple codling moth? The answer lies in temperature and plant growth stages! Both plants and insects reach each developmental stage according to the amount of heat they experience. A simple on-line University of California app calculates this heat as degree-days. UC research has determined the degree days necessary for the developmental stages of different kinds of insect pests, and that the best time to treat for control is when the insect pest is at its most vulnerable stage. In this workshop, we'll walk through examples for some common pests by getting degree days, applying UC treatment-timing research, and choosing a treatment.

Landscaping for a Future with Fire NEW

  • A live question and answer period follows each pre-recorded presentation.
  • Every Wednesday in October on Zoom. Participate in any or all of the four presentations.

Preparing our homes and landscapes for the new reality of living with fire is the focus of this four-part Firewise workshop series. We will help you revise your landscape design and your maintenance routine to incorporate the best practices for adapting to our changing climate. We will consider the pros and cons of using mulch in the garden; explore the design and implementation of defensible space guidelines; discuss realistic landscape choices; and learn how to care for trees after a fire. Throughout these workshops we will be discussing natural regeneration, erosion, fire ecology, and the characteristics of plants that provide the best fire resistance.

Defensible Space

Wednesday, October 6, 10–11am
Registration not required.
On Zoom at: https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/98148471997

Since the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County in 2017, our understanding of the best way to design defensible space around the home through hardscape and plant choices has been revised and refined. In this workshop, learn about current state guidelines and the recommendations of University of California researchers.

Soil Restoration, Erosion and Mulch

Wednesday, October 13, 10–11am
Registration not required.
On Zoom at: https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/93464411536

What are the impacts of fire on the soil in your landscape? Learn more about this topic and explore possible remediations, including how to address post-fire erosion. This workshop also explores the many types of mulch and their various uses, helping you decide which mulch is most appropriate for you and your garden.

Firewise Landscape Conversion

Wednesday, October 20, 10–11am
Registration not required.
On Zoom at: https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/96112723779

It’s time to talk seriously about the landscape choices we make and how those choices contribute to a changing climate; water supply; and overall environmental health. Join us for this conversation about how the plants we choose, why we plant them, and where we put them can make a positive difference in the present and in the future.

Maintaining Your Firewise Landscape

Wednesday, October 27, 10–11am
Registration not required.
On Zoom at: https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/98684834995

You have established a firewise landscape, but what’s next? In this workshop we present recommendations and actions for maintaining the safety of your landscape over time. This session includes information about post-fire care of your trees and your soil.



Gardening with Chickens

November 3, 10–11:15 am
Demonstration Garden, 20 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.

Register for Gardening with Chickens

Espalier Gardening

Tuesday, November 9, 10–11:30 am
Demonstration Garden, limit 20 people

Espalier is the ancient horticultural practice of growing trees and bushes along a horizontal surface. The UC Master Gardeners planted their Espalier Demonstration Garden in the spring of 2016; this is their second workshop covering how and why to train fruit trees on a support structure. Espalier gardens are often seen in the most formal and grand of gardens, but can work in almost any garden type. After seeing this garden, you will want to create your own espalier garden.

Register for Espalier Gardening


Tool Care

Wednesday, December 1, 10–11:30 am
Demonstration Garden, limit 20 people

Winter is the best time to sharpen, oil, and perform routine maintenance on your hard-working garden tools. Rob Fanno from Fanno Saw Works will tell us how to take care of our garden tools. He will discuss the different types of garden tools, provide an overview of material differences in the selection process, discuss strengths and weaknesses of specific tools, and review tool care and maintenance.

Register for Tool Care

Covid Safety Information

The UC Master Gardeners of Butte County want to keep the safety of our volunteers and workshop participants a top priority. Please follow the safety guidelines below when attending a UC Master Gardener workshop. Guidelines are subject to change.

  • Face Mask Use
    • Outdoor activities: No face masks required.
    • Indoor activities: Face masks required.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • We maintain safe hygiene practices by cleaning high-touch areas often.
  • Do not participate in any in-person activities if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms or if you or someone you have been in contact with has been diagnosed with COVID-19.