Make a Holiday wreath with Native Plants - Redwood City
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Make a Holiday wreath with Native Plants - Redwood City

By selecting a variety of native foliage and berries from your garden, you can create a beautiful holiday wreath and recycle materials that you have on hand. Come watch while the speaker discusses what types of native plants to use, shows how to secure your greenery to a frame, and then demonstrates how to tie a big beautiful bow before hanging it up.

Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay-Friendly Qualified Designer, and started her company, Sustainable Landscape Designs, over 20 years ago. She is a chair person for the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and received the 2018 Water Champion distinction from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Coalition.

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Succulents Plant Sale - San Jose
Dec
15
9:00 AM09:00

Succulents Plant Sale - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park - Master Gardener Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A wonderful selection of enchanting succulents for your holiday decor! We offer a variety of succulent arrangements. All our plants are propagated and cared for by our dedicated Master Gardeners. They are all healthy and come with multiple plants in each pot! 4" and 1 gallon size are all 20% off. 

Sponsor: UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County

Please note the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free. Bring cart, boxes and bags to carry your purchases.

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DIY Lawn Conversion Workshop - San Jose
Dec
15
10:00 AM10:00

DIY Lawn Conversion Workshop - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park - Our City Forest (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to convert your water-thirsty lawn into a drought-tolerant dreamscape. Watch a demonstration on how to convert your lawn yourself. Plants from the native garden for sale.

Meet at the Our City Forest Parcel with long pants and closed toed shoes. Bring a pad of paper, pen, water and snacks.

Questions? martialcottle@ourcityforest.org

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Marvelous Succulents: How to Grow and Create Attractive Containers  - San Jose
Jan
12
3:00 PM15:00

Marvelous Succulents: How to Grow and Create Attractive Containers - San Jose

Join landscape designer, UCCE Master Gardener, and succulent expert Laura Balaoro for an inspirational talk about including marvelous low water succulents in your garden. Enchanting succulents, with their variety of shapes and sizes, make wonderful container plants. Watch how to create stunning succulent arrangements in containers. Laura will demonstrate:

  • Planting various succulent arrangements

  • Selecting compatible plants that will last together for years

  • How to create a well-designed container by choosing the right plants ideal for either indoors or outdoors use

  • How to mix succulents with non-succulent plants in an arrangement

  • Recommendations for soil mixture, watering and light requirements, and

  • How to rejuvenate an overgrown succulent container

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Laura Balaoro 

Cost: Free

Handout: http://mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu/files/264043.pdf 

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Top Ten Habits of Happy and Successful Gardeners - Milpitas
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Top Ten Habits of Happy and Successful Gardeners - Milpitas

As with all else in life, successful gardening is all about planning! Master Gardener Jim Lockhart will discuss the most useful habits happy and successful gardeners employ. Many gardening tips will be given, as well as free seed samples and seedlings to get you off to gardening happily this spring!

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Jim Lockhart

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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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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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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Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration - San Jose
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration - San Jose

A delightful family day focused on the agricultural heritage of the Santa Clara Valley. There will be children’s activities, UC Master Gardener seedling sales, local craft makers from San Jose Made, and more. Meet the animals at the 4H parcel and visit the petting zoo.

See Martial Cottle Spring Celebration for full information.

Sponsor: UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County

Free admission; parking $6

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Creating Living Landscapes to Restore Nature’s Relationships, a movie night with video-recorded Douglas Tallamy
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Creating Living Landscapes to Restore Nature’s Relationships, a movie night with video-recorded Douglas Tallamy

Bring some popcorn or your favorite movie snack. We’ll be watching a video on Douglas Tallamy’s latest book, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, and discussing the information in the movie. You’ll learn how to change your landscape to attract more creatures, especially caterpillars.

Doug Tallamy is currently professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.

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Composting Basics Workshop - San Jose
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop - San Jose

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Fall Succulent Plants Sale - San Jose
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Succulent Plants Sale - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park - Master Gardener Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A wonderful selection of enchanting succulents for your holiday decor! We offer a variety of succulent arrangements. All our plants are propagated and cared for by our dedicated Master Gardeners. They are all healthy and come with multiple plants in each pot!  4"and 1 gallon size are all 20% off. 

Please note the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.
Bring cart, boxes and bags to carry your purchases.

Presenter: Master Gardeners of MCP

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Irrigation Maintenance and Leak Detection - Mountain View
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Irrigation Maintenance and Leak Detection - Mountain View

  • Mountain View Library (1st Floor Program Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Did you know that outdoor irrigation systems consume more than half of all water supplied to homes? Learn how to maintain your irrigation system to conserve water and prevent unexpected high bills from leaks. This class will cover efficient irrigation upgrades, checking your system for broken parts, how to set your controller for optimal water use, and how to perform your own irrigation audit.

Registration and more information.

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Next Steps on Greywater Workshop - San Jose
Nov
14
12:00 PM12:00

Next Steps on Greywater Workshop - San Jose

  • Lane Irrigation Equipment Company (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to safely reuse water from washing machines to irrigate your landscape! This free class will discuss residential graywater reuse, garden-friendly soaps and detergents, and how to construct a laundry to landscape graywater system using equipment you may find at the venue! Attending the workshop will also help participants understand what’s needed to qualify for the District’s graywater rebate: $200 (up to $400 in some areas). No purchase or attendance required to qualify for the rebate.

Bring a few photos of your laundry area and landscape to be irrigated with graywater for additional help during the workshop.

Register for the event at centralcoastgreywater.org .

For questions about the graywater rebate program, contact Justin Burks at jburks@valleywater.org.

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Compost Basics Workshop - Sunnyvale
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop - Sunnyvale

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Family Workshop: Attracting Good Bugs to Your Garden - Sunnyvale
Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

Family Workshop: Attracting Good Bugs to Your Garden - Sunnyvale

Did you know that 90% of the bugs in our gardens are actually good bugs eating bad bugs? Let's learn about these most wanted allies and how to invite them to stay. Suzanne Bontempo, a 20+ year horticulture specialist, will discuss how to identify the bugs in your garden, how to keep the good ones around, and which plants are good bug magnets. Courtesy of Mid-Peninsula Water District, a complimentary group activity will be provided at the end of the lecture to take home and enjoy. This is a fun program for the whole family.

Registration and more information.

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Succulents in the Garden - Palo Alto
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Succulents in the Garden - Palo Alto

Join us at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden to enjoy the beauty of succulents in a landscape garden. Learn how these low water companion plants add year round interest and color to your landscaping, are easy to grow, propagate and share with friends and family!

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Dyane Matas 

Cost: Free

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Compost Basics Workshop - Milpitas
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop - Milpitas

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Native Buckwheats: Bonbons for Bees Talk - Mountain View
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Native Buckwheats: Bonbons for Bees Talk - Mountain View

The buckwheat family is a beautiful group of California Native all-star plants. It is one of the largest genera in California with over 125 species, and in the garden, few plants can equal buckwheats for sheer habitat value. They are host and nectar plants for butterflies and moths, and are a bonanza for bees and other pollinators looking for summer nectar. As if the wildlife value isn’t enough, buckwheats are highly ornamental plants that are very useful and versatile in the garden. Learn about some of the most popular species, and hear how to plant, prune, and care for them.

Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay-Friendly Qualified Designer, and started her company, Sustainable Landscape Designs, over 20 years ago. She is a chair person for the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and received the 2018 Water Champion distinction from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Coalition.

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Alternatives to Lawn - Milpitas
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Alternatives to Lawn - Milpitas

  • Sal Cracolice Recreation Facility (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The class will cover how to create a native plant pollinator garden and habitat for family backyards.  Subjects covered will be how to create a landscape plan, what plants to use and why.  Also covered will be how to first plant the garden, and then maintain it as it grows and evolves over the years.

Registration and more information.

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Composting Basics Workshop - Cupertino
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop - Cupertino

  • Environmental Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Irrigation Equipment Upgrades and Outdoor Survey - Palo Alto
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Irrigation Equipment Upgrades and Outdoor Survey - Palo Alto

  • Palo Alto Art Center - Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This workshop focuses on landscape irrigation equipment upgrades and rebates for improving outdoor water use efficiency. Learn how to identify, troubleshoot and repair irrigation system problems to save water in your yard. Get firsthand knowledge from an expert landscape professional and water conservation staff members from the Santa Clara Valley Water District and City of Palo Alto Utilities. You may qualify for rebates for upgrading your irrigation system and/or replacing high-water using landscape with native plants. 

Registration and more information.

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Maintaining your Native Garden Talk - Campbell
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Maintaining your Native Garden Talk - Campbell

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.

Stephanie Morris has worked in the field of landscape architecture for 21 years and specializes in ecologically-oriented residential design. She enjoys creating landscapes that reduce water use, require less maintenance, and provide a connection to the natural world. In addition to tending her own California native garden in the Bay Area, she appreciates collaborating with other native plant gardeners and design professionals, in order to further everyone’s knowledge.

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Home Rainwater Collection and Rain Gardens - San Jose
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Home Rainwater Collection and Rain Gardens - San Jose

The rainy season is about to start! Your roof collects 600 gallons of rainwater for every 1000 square feet of roof area with every inch of rainfall, but where does all that precious water go? Don't let it run off of your property and into the storm drains, Harvest it! We have three rainwater collection systems on our parcel that collect several thousand gallons of rainwater for use in our greenhouse, along with feeding two small rain gardens on the east end of our pavilion, which will provide inspiration and ideas for your home. Come join Master Gardener Hank Morales for a discussion about home rainwater collection systems and how to construct your own simple system. He will also talk about rain gardens, which are another way to retain rainwater on your property.

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.

Free.  For more information, please click here.

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Free Individual Planting Design Consulting - Los Altos Hills
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Free Individual Planting Design Consulting - Los Altos Hills

Bring an accurate scaled drawing of your garden or a screen shot from Google Earth, along with printed pictures, and your garden’s sun exposure and views. One of our designers will give you 15-30 minutes of free suggestions on which plants would do best in your garden. Many of these plants will be available for sale that day. We’ll also have sample garden plans gathered from various sources that you can use as a template for your own garden design. We’ll have three garden designers and one habitat designer available to help you with your specific plant selections, even if you have deer, gophers, extremely heavy clay, rocky soil, etc.

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Composting Basics Workshop - Palo Alto
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop - Palo Alto

  • Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Edible and Native Plant Talk and DIY Lawn Conversion - San Jose
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Edible and Native Plant Talk and DIY Lawn Conversion - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park - Our City Forest (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Workshop 1 - 10 am to 11 am - Learn California native plant names and how plants were used for food and medicinal purposes. A native plant specialist will give a tour of the plants on site and provide ideas for how you can use them in your home gardens.

Workshop 2 - 11 am to Noon - Learn how to convert your water-thirsty lawn into a drought-tolerant dreamscape. Native plants available for purchase for your native garden.

Meet at the Our City Forest Parcel. Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Bring a pad of paper, pen, water and a snack. Questions? martialcottle@ourcityforest.org

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Converting to Drip Irrigation - San Jose
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Converting to Drip Irrigation - San Jose

Learn how to install and maintain a water efficient irrigation system, including basic layout designs and watering techniques. Work on a water efficient drip system with the right components to suit your landscaping! Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided.

Registration and more information here.

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Plant Now! Low Water Ornamentals from Around the World - Palo Alto
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Plant Now! Low Water Ornamentals from Around the World - Palo Alto

You may be familiar with California Native Plants. But did you know that there are Mediterranean climates around the world that have the same growing conditions as we have here in Santa Clara County. They produce many beautiful ornamentals that grow very well here and need little water. Come and learn about some great California Natives as well as plants from other Mediterranean climates that would be great additions to your waterwise garden. Fall is the best time to get them into the ground so that they can put down roots during the winter. So don’t delay!

Cost: Free

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