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Geneva's Flower Clock in Le Jardin Anglais

Clock in October 2018.  The seconds are made up of succulents.  Photo by Viv

    Viv Patterson and Trish Schlichting, both Inyo/Mono Master Gardeners, visited the Flower Clock in Geneva, Switzerland, this past October. Geneva is recognized all around the world for its watch-making tradition. In 1955 Geneva created...

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Painted Lady Migration

Bug Guts

I drove down to Ridgecrest last week hoping to check out the wildflowers. While I did eventually get to see some great blooms, I had to stop a couple times to clear off my windshield which looked something like this: In March the annual northern...

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 1:59 PM

Herb Growing Workshop

Some early herbs from Bonnie Kelley's garden

An overflow crowd of master gardeners and interested members of the community gathered at the Community Garden on Sunday, March 24, 2019, to hear Alison Collin speak about herbs. Alison covered a wide range of topics, including growing needs of...

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 9:12 AM

Tips for Garden Journaling

Journals come in all sorts.

The main quality of a competent gardener must surely be the skill of accurate observation. However, observations on their own do little to help us unless they are recorded in some way so that they may be referenced at a later time. Keeping records...

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9:50 AM

Pruning Young Fruit Trees

Dustin holding branch out for guiding to 45 degree angle

If you have not already done so, it is time to prune your young fruit trees! On February 25, 2019, Dustin Blakey demonstrated how to prune young fruit trees to a group of about 25 Master Gardeners and other home gardeners at the home orchard of...

Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 9:56 AM

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