Water Efficient Alternatives to Lawn - Milpitas
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Water Efficient Alternatives to Lawn - Milpitas

We live in a very special place where people enjoy the outdoors nearly year-round. The plants that thrive in this unique climate are the key that unlocks the door to outdoor living. Explore the benefits of replacing your thirsty lawn with attractive turf alternatives that require far less maintenance and save you money and water.

For more information, click here.

 

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Graywater for Native Plant Gardens - in Los Gatos
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Graywater for Native Plant Gardens - in Los Gatos

California is a drought-prone state and it is imperative that we conserve every precision drop of water. Gray water is a great way to re-use water from inside the house for landscape irrigation outside of the house. Come learn how you can install a simple laundry-to-landscape system and which native plants are best suited for this type of irrigation. Did we mention you can also get a rebate from the local water district?

For more information, click here.

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Creating a Bee-Friendly Native Garden - Redwood City
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Creating a Bee-Friendly Native Garden - Redwood City

We all know about the European honey bee, but what about the native bees that live here in the Santa Clara Valley? These local insects help pollinate your ornamental and edible plants, too! Once you know what to look for, you’ll see over a dozen bee species that live in our urban setting—especially among locally-growing native plants. Find out how planting even a few select natives can enrich your garden and attract even more native (and honey) bees.

For more information, please click here.

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Native Lawn Replacements - Campbell
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Native Lawn Replacements - Campbell

Learn about the variety of native lawns that are available and which can save you water. See photos of many installations that illustrate how these meadow-like sods create beautiful and natural spaces. Hear how to manage these water-wise plants and establish your native sod to give it the best start possible. Understand the best management options for mowing and caring for these sturdy native grasses.

For more info, please click here.

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Arbor Day Celebration - Los Gatos
Apr
26
9:30 AM09:30

Arbor Day Celebration - Los Gatos

Join the Town of Los Gatos and Blossom Hill Elementary in celebrating Arbor Day! 

This year we will be planting Redbud trees at the Town of Los Gatos Parks & Public Works Corporation Yard. 

Interested attendees will meet out front of 41 Miles Avenue and be guided to the planting location for a word from our mayor followed by a tree planting ceremony with assistance from Blossom Hill Elementary!

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Garden Club Plant Sale - San Jose
Apr
26
to Apr 27

Garden Club Plant Sale - San Jose

  • 1190 Camino Ramon San Jose, CA, 95125 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The San Jose Garden Club is holding a Plant Sale Fundraiser, with plants grown by San Jose Garden Club members, and pottery and garden art.

Plant sale proceeds benefit: Sacred Heart’s La Mesa Verde Garden Project, Our City Forest, Veggielution at Prusch Park, Loaves and Fishes Kitchen Garden and Lean/Calero Rose Project.

Event is on Friday, April 26th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm and on Saturday, April 27th, from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.

For more details, click here.

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Wildflower Show - Saratoga
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

Wildflower Show - Saratoga

The local chapter of the California Native Plant Society will hold its 45th annual Wildflower Show on Saturday, April 27th from 9:30am - 4pm at West Valley College in Saratoga.

This year’s theme is Citizen Science.

A variety of free lectures will be offered, including a training session by Matteo Garbelotto from the UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory for the Saratoga Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Blitz, and a talk and demonstration by Ken-ichi Ueda, the co-founder of iNaturalist.

This family–friendly event features hundreds of native wildflowers and plants on display and a variety of tours, including a tour of the Vasona Creek Restoration Project. A selection of native plants and native plant art, t-shirts, books and other related goods will be available for purchase.

The event and parking are all free to the public.

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Going Native Garden Tour 2019
May
4
to May 5

Going Native Garden Tour 2019

A free tour of native gardens in Santa Clara Valley & Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area

Organized by the California Native Plant Society (Santa Clara Valley Chapter)
in association with UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County.

Since 2003, the Bay Area's pioneering native garden tour has showcased gardens featuring California native plants. This community-based tour is free of charge to the public. Each tour features up to 60 gardens, most of them private home gardens, which are open on tour day in a do-it-yourself, open house format.

The gardens on the tour demonstrate reduced water use, reduced chemical and pesticide use, improved habitat, and the unique aesthetic appeal of gardens designed with California native plants. Our website also provides resources to help Bay Area gardeners to “go native” in their own gardens.

On tour day, sponsoring nurseries will conduct native plant sales at select gardens. Part of the proceeds benefit Going Native Garden Tour. Please pay by cash or check.

For more information or to register, click here.

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Irrigation Equipment Upgrade and Landscape Water Use Efficiency in Palo Alto
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Irrigation Equipment Upgrade and Landscape Water Use Efficiency in Palo Alto

Learn about irrigation equipment upgrades that will help make your irrigation system more efficient, discounts and rebate offers, and resources to get your started on improving your irrigation system.

Instructor: Sherri Osaka

More information and Registration here.

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Irrigation Maintenance and Leak Detection - Sunnyvale
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Irrigation Maintenance and Leak Detection - Sunnyvale

Learn how to convert to a water efficient irrigation system, including basic layout design, installation, watering techniques and maintenance of your system. This workshop will demonstrate water-conserving irrigation strategies. Leak detection and how to evaluate your irrigation system for upgrades.

For more information, click here.

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Laundry to Landscape Graywater Installation - Mountain View
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Laundry to Landscape Graywater Installation - Mountain View

  • 749 W El Camino Real Mountain View, CA, 94040 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Start saving money and water by reusing laundry water in your landscape! Learn how to assess your home and landscaping to install a graywater system without additional expensive pumps, filters, tanks or permits. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of their laundry area and landscaping for additional help. Santa Clara County residents are eligible for a $200 rebate!

Lecture | Justin Burks

 For more information, click here.

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Earth Day Event and Great Race for Saving Water - Palo Alto
Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Earth Day Event and Great Race for Saving Water - Palo Alto

Back by popular demand - Great Race for Saving Water & Earth Day Festival

The Great Race for Saving Water is a family-friendly 5K/10K run/walk and kids 1K fun run, plus Earth Day festival. Registration for the race and updated schedule of activities is available at cityofpaloalto.org/earthday

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Easy-to-Grow Native Plants - San Carlos
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Easy-to-Grow Native Plants - San Carlos

Are you new to growing drought-tolerant native plants? Do you want to include them in your garden for beauty, habitat and sustainability, but don’t know where to begin? Come this talk and learn about the many easy-to-grow native trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for the home garden. Many of these plants are native to our local area and will thrive with just a little water and care.

For more information, click here.

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Winning the War on Weeds - Los Gatos
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Winning the War on Weeds - Los Gatos

The rains are bringing much needed water to our gardens, but they also sprout pesky weed seeds that hide in the soil. Ridding your garden of these weeds is typically a back-breaking, time-consuming endeavor, but there are techniques that can save you lots of time and effort. Join us to learn about sheet mulching and other simple tricks that you can do now, so you can enjoy your garden later. Bring along a sample of one or more of your weeds for the speaker to identify

For more information, click here.

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Seed Share with One Seed One Community in Santa Clara
Mar
31
1:00 PM13:00

Seed Share with One Seed One Community in Santa Clara

As gardeners begin to gear up for spring, a new type of sub-group is beginning to emerge – in comes the Seed Savers! All over the Bay Area, Seed Exchanges are sprouting up, and the City of Santa Clara will host our first one on March 31 at the San Tomas & Monroe Community Garden starting at 1pm.

One Seed, One community, a partner of Slow Food California, will be there to introduce us to the state-wide “group grow” program – a program established to grow and then save rare plant species. Hillie Salo, the champion behind One Seed, One Community, has been all over the south bay sharing the endangered Cherokee Trail of Tears Black bean. In October, everyone registered to grow the seed will return with their saved seeds which will be shared again at the Central Park Library’s Seed Library. “Together”, says Hillie, “we can save more diversity and build adaptability in our local seeds”.   

Members of the public are invited to bring their seedlings, plant cuttings, packages of seeds, and empty button bags to share and exchange the what, where’s, and when’s of planting a spring garden. Find out more about the special bean and groups behind it.

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Maintaining Your Native Garden - Los Altos
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Maintaining Your Native Garden - Los Altos

Learn how to maintain your water-conserving garden and spend less time doing it! Topics will include the proper planting and care of California native and other low-water plants. Information about pruning techniques and drip irrigation systems will also be discussed. Hear why healthy soil is so important and learn how sheet mulching can reduce the time you spend weeding.

For more information, click here.

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The Monarch Butterfly Crisis: What's Happening and How You Can Help - San Jose
Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

The Monarch Butterfly Crisis: What's Happening and How You Can Help - San Jose

Have you heard about the recent reports of the decline in monarch butterflies? Do you wonder how you can help? Do not lose heart! Learn about the monarch butterflies life cycle, habitat, and migration patterns. We'll also discuss why monarchs are in danger, and what you can do to help conservation efforts. We'll review several specific plants you can have in your garden to create a monarch habitat at your home.

Speaker Rebecca Schoenberger has a diverse background in sustainability and natural systems including:

  • An Associate of Science in Park Management and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

  • Experience in landscape design and maintenance, based on nature

  • Extensive knowledge of native plants, including which plants will thrive in which locations

Rebecca has been a volunteer Santa Clara County Master Gardener since 2011 and continues to improve her understanding of edible landscaping. This talk would be of interest to both children and adults.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenberger

Cost: Free

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Native Plants Pollinator Gardens - Mountain View
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plants Pollinator Gardens - Mountain View

Native plants are integral to an effective pollinator garden design. Based on functions within the ecosystem, the speaker will explore the interrelationships between plants, pollinators, other insects and animals. The goal is to allow you to design pollinator gardens, thereby leveraging California's wealth of biodiversity into more resilient--and beautiful--landscapes.

For more information, click here.

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The Monarch Butterfly Crisis: What's Happening and How You Can Help - San Jose
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

The Monarch Butterfly Crisis: What's Happening and How You Can Help - San Jose

Have you heard about the recent reports of the decline in monarch butterflies? Do you wonder how you can help? Do not lose heart! Learn about the monarch butterflies life cycle, habitat, and migration patterns. We'll also discuss why monarchs are in danger, and what you can do to help conservation efforts. We'll review several specific plants you can have in your garden to create a monarch habitat at your home.

Speaker Rebecca Schoenberger has a diverse background in sustainability and natural systems including:

  • An Associate of Science in Park Management and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

  • Experience in landscape design and maintenance, based on nature

  • Extensive knowledge of native plants, including which plants will thrive in which locations

Rebecca has been a volunteer Santa Clara County Master Gardener since 2011 and continues to improve her understanding of edible landscaping. This talk would be of interest to both children and adults.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenberger

Cost: Free

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Building Healthy Soil for Home Garden - Gilroy
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Building Healthy Soil for Home Garden - Gilroy

  • St Louise Hospital Teaching and Demo Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This class will attempt to do three things: explain what soil is, what you can do and cannot do with it, and how to "build" it into a rich, plant-friendly medium. You will learn why the Santa Clara Valley clay soil is really a gardening gold mine. We will also talk about fertilizers, both organic and inorganic.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Glenn Lattig

Cost: Free

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Spring Garden Start-Up Demonstration - Santa Clara
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Garden Start-Up Demonstration - Santa Clara

  • San Tomas and Monroe Community Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The San Tomas & Monroe Neighborhood Community Garden opened  up late August, a little too late to grow the summer plants we all love: Cucumbers, tomatoes, squash , chili peppers and corn. March 15 marks the last chance of frost in Santa Clara County, which opens up a whole new class of vegetables and fruit that can be grown.

So, on Saturday, March 16th, the Garden Coordinator would like to invite the public to help him plant new spring vegetables in the Teaching beds from 9am – 12pm. He will be removing old plants, preparing the soil, and then plant spring/summer seeds and seedlings and will talk through every step to all in attendance. Tools and adult sized gloves are available. Please come in closed toed shoes and bring sun protection.

Contact the Garden Coordinator at (408) 615-3743 with your questions.

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California Native Allstars - Cupertino
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

California Native Allstars - Cupertino

The horticultural staff of the UC Davis Arboretum has identified 100 tough, reliable plants that have been tested in the Arboretum, are easy to grow, don’t need a lot of water, have few problems with pests or diseases, and have outstanding qualities in the garden. Many of them are California Native plants that support Native birds and insects. Our speaker will discuss the attributes of these “All-Star” Native plants and describe their care and growing conditions.

Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger has a diverse background in sustainability and natural systems. With an Associate of Science in Park Management and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, she has an extensive knowledge of native plants, including selecting which plants will thrive in specific locations.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger

Cost: Free

Sponsor: California Native Plant Society

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Creating Outdoor Succulent Designs in Containers - San Jose
Mar
9
10:30 AM10:30

Creating Outdoor Succulent Designs in Containers - San Jose

  • UC Master Gardener Parcel in the Pavilion (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Succulents are all the rage now! With proper selection and the right location, they offer exciting color combinations, interesting shapes, and easy care. Combined in containers, they can add color, texture, and interest to your garden. Join Judy Hecht as she creates several container arrangements for our Pavilion. Judy will show you how to mix and match succulents to add color and interest wherever needed in your garden. Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing and a hat, as the class is held outdoors in our Pavilion. A refillable water bottle, notebook and writing implements are recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to park and sign in.

Please note: the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

Presenters: UC Master Gardener Judy Hecht

Cost: Free

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Composting Workshop in Los Gatos
Mar
9
9:30 AM09:30

Composting Workshop in Los Gatos

Start composting now, to prepare for spring and summer gardening! Compost is called 'black gold' and the 'heart of the garden'. Los Gatos/Saratoga Recreation District is hosting a COMPOSTING WORKSHOP in early March to get you started. Visit the instructor’s website for more info on composting:  http://www.scienceofagroecology.info/

Workshop Instructor is Les Kishler, AB Biological Sciences & MA Ecology (UC Berkeley).  He taught science and agriculture in LG-Saratoga High School District for over 30 years, and supervises the Los Gatos Summer Community Garden.

 Age:  18 or older

Registration Fee:  $32

Register by calling 408-354-8700 or email info@lgsrecreation.org or visit the Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation website 

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Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, and Cisterns in Palo Alto
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, and Cisterns in Palo Alto

Come learn about capturing rainwater on your property with rain barrels, rain gardens, and cisterns to help conserve water and reduce runoff volume.  Learn about designing and maintaining these systems, rebate offers, and resources available to you.

Instructor: Sherri Osaka

More information, including registration here.

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Irrigation Maintenance and Leak Detection - Sunnyvale
Mar
6
9:00 AM09:00

Irrigation Maintenance and Leak Detection - Sunnyvale

Learn how to convert to a water efficient irrigation system, including basic layout design, installation, watering techniques and maintenance of your system. This workshop will demonstrate water-conserving irrigation strategies. Leak detection and how to evaluate your irrigation system for upgrades.

For more information, click here.

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Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, Cisterns, Oh My!  Talk - Campbell
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, Cisterns, Oh My! Talk - Campbell

There is still time to gather the spring rains to use later in the year. Hear how to use passive forms of rainwater harvesting to keep water in your soil so you can start irrigating later than normal. Learn about active forms of rainwater harvesting to store water and use it when you need it. Find out about the new rebates offered by the Santa Clara Valley Water District and how you can take advantage of them.

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Bee Jubilee in Redwood City
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Bee Jubilee in Redwood City

Join us as we celebrate our new Bee Wall Interpretive Center. We’ll tell you all about the bees on the roof on the Downtown Library, and reveal the hands-on educational pieces on the Bee Wall. Music by the The Corner Laughers, and honey flavored snacks. Honey will be for sale by the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library

Bee there!

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Back Yard Fruit Tree Basics - Los Altos
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Back Yard Fruit Tree Basics - Los Altos

  • Los Altos Library, Orchard Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do you want to plant a fruit tree or do you already have one? Learn what you should consider before you purchase one and how to keep your fruit trees healthy. Come join us for a free library talk on Back Yard Fruit Tree Basics, presented by UC Master Gardener Kalpana Jain. She will discuss the various types of fruit trees, planting location and method, pruning, fertilizing and watering, frost protection, and identifying and managing pests and diseases.

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Fruit Tree Selection and Care - Sunnyvale
Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Fruit Tree Selection and Care - Sunnyvale

  • Sunnyvale Public Library, Program Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the perfect time to plant fruit trees from "bare root" stock. Plants grown from bare root often are more vigorous and healthy and it is less expensive to buy a bare root plant than a nursery plant. How do you find and select the best trees? What is the recommended way to plant - including when and how to prune initially? The answer to that might surprise you! Learn about some of the less common fruit trees, such as pomegranate, Jujube and Mulberry, where to find and buy your own plants, and which fruit tree varieties do best in our area. Come learn about these topics and much more from Master Gardener Kalpana Jain. See also homeorchard.ucdavis.edu for information on Home Orchards.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Kalpana Jain 

Sponsor: UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County

Cost: Free

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Growing Container Microgreens at Home - San Jose
Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

Growing Container Microgreens at Home - San Jose

No yard? No problem! Grow some microgreens. This gourmet specialty crop can be grown using recyclable containers and on a windowsill. Master Gardener Beth McGuire will show how to plant a tray of greens in class and complete the growing cycle at home.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Beth McGuire

Sponsor: UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County

Cost: Free

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Rethinking Weeds Talk - Saratoga
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Rethinking Weeds Talk - Saratoga

If weeds had a tattoo it would be “misunderstood”—it would be in bold print and colors. A weed to one is a medicine to another. And the word weed has such a negative connotation. It is as if we need to degrade it before we eradicate it.  Spend some time with Frank Niccoli to learn why weeds should have a name change. From now on we will call them “les herbes savauges”.  Find out why.

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