Creating Native Pollinator Gardens - Sunnyvale
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Creating Native Pollinator Gardens - Sunnyvale

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.

Free! Click here to learn more.

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An Early Start For Your Winter Garden: Growing From Seed - Santa Clara
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

An Early Start For Your Winter Garden: Growing From Seed - Santa Clara

  • 2635 Homestead Road Santa Clara, CA, 95051 United States (map)
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An early autumn is the right time to plan and plant your cool-season vegetable garden. Many fun choices, such as colorful chard, crunchy snap peas, delicious lettuce, and beautiful broccoli are all easy to grow and most tasty when planted in the fall. But instead of buying expensive transplants from the nursery, how about growing them yourself? It's easy, fun, and inexpensive to start cool-season vegetables from seed. This talk will cover seeds, seed sources, planting seeds, germination, creating the right environment for strong seedling growth, materials and equipment, and transplanting out into the garden.

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Gardening for Biodiversity in a Climate Crisis - Los Altos Hills
Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Gardening for Biodiversity in a Climate Crisis - Los Altos Hills

"Garden as if life depended on it." -- Doug Tallamy

The symposium will feature keynote speaker, Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, and Bart O’Brien, Director of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden and the co-author of Reimagining the California Lawn.

To register, please go to: https://forms.gle/4B8yGTUXo86cv1UF9

The insect Armageddon, the collapse of the western Monarch butterfly, The Sixth Extinction—we are losing species at an alarming rate. Contributors to this crisis include invasive species, the ubiquitous European lawn, non-native landscapes and the loss of wild areas. Landscape professionals and home gardeners can act to turn this trend around. This one-day symposium shows you how to be part of the solution.

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Wonderful Winter Vegetables - San Jose
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

Wonderful Winter Vegetables - San Jose

  • 5283 Snell Avenue San Jose, CA, 95136 United States (map)
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Did you know our wonderful mild winter climate is a great time to grow your favorite cool-season vegetables? Chill temperatures provide outdoor refrigeration for extended harvest time, allowing you to grow your own salad all winter long! There's nothing like the taste of a fresh carrot just pulled from the ground! Learn how to grow leafy greens, root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower and more. And find out which ones will do great in containers!

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing, and a hat, as the class is held outdoors. 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 park closer to our area on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

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Succulents in Pots & in Ground; Indoors & Out! - Sunnyvale
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Succulents in Pots & in Ground; Indoors & Out! - Sunnyvale

  • 433 Charles Street Sunnyvale, CA, 94086 United States (map)
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Join us to hear about succulent care, propagation, growth habits, and design. We will look at the many ways to take advantage of all the wonderful attributes of these very versatile plants and how to help them thrive. Bring your questions, we’ll bring answers!

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Trees and Shrubs to Plant in Fall - Morgan Hill
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

Trees and Shrubs to Plant in Fall - Morgan Hill

  • 60 West Main Avenue Morgan Hill, CA, 95037 United States (map)
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Fall is the best time for planting trees and shrubs. Find out which ones grow well in our climate, are drought-tolerant, and also add color, fragrance, or texture to your yard. Emphasis will also be placed on trees and shrubs that create a healthy habitat for beneficial insects, bees, butterflies, and birds. Small spaces will also be discussed. Grow trees and shrubs successfully and create a beautiful yard or patio!

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Poachers Stealing Native Succulents - Saratoga
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Poachers Stealing Native Succulents - Saratoga

You’ve read about it in the paper and this talk will explain the recent rash of thefts of native succulents, Dudleyas, from the wild and what can be done about it. National and international media and law enforcement and have been in contact with the speaker about the topic. In some ways, the last couple of years have been a bit like CSI: Native Succulents! The speaker will also display several Dudleya species and describe how to grow them in our area.

Stephen McCabe has been on the Board of the Santa Cruz County Chapter of CNPS for over 30 years, where he helped protect habitat and rare species. He also worked at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum for 30 years, where he is Emeritus Director of Research and is currently a researcher with the Environmental Studies Department. When not scrambling to see “duds” in the wild, he can sometimes be found scaling granite cliffs in the Sierra.

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Spice it Up : Growing Garlic & Ginger & Chives - Los Altos
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Spice it Up : Growing Garlic & Ginger & Chives - Los Altos

Great opportunity to learn about Spicing it Up! We'll share tips on growing and harvesting garlic, ginger, and chives. Wouldn’t it be nice to have them at your fingertips? Learn how to take advantage of the mild and rainy winters of the Bay Area to grow a gourmet garden of bulbing ginger, chives, and garlic. Learn how to select the best varieties for our area, how to prepare the soil, when and how to plant, grow, harvest, cure and store them.

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Plant Your California Natives Now! - San Jose
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Plant Your California Natives Now! - San Jose

  • 5283 Snell Avenue San Jose, CA, 95136 United States (map)
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Would you like to have a beautiful, water-wise garden that attracts birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators? Would you like to work less in the garden and get more back in return? California natives are the plants for you. October, the start of our rainy season, is the perfect month to plant California native plants in your garden. Learn how you can easily make a California native habitat garden a reality at your home. This will be followed by a brief tour of our California Native Garden.

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing and a hat, as the class is held outdoors. 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 park closer to our parcel on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

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Harvest the Rain: Rebates for City of Santa Clara/ Santa Clara County
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Harvest the Rain: Rebates for City of Santa Clara/ Santa Clara County

  • Everett N. "Eddie" Souza Park (San Tomas & Monroe) (map)
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Join us for a crash course in water conservation and rain water capture. Ashley Shannon from Valley Water will talk about the sustainable features of San Tomas & Monroe Park and provide details on the County’s residential landscape rebate programs to save you money and keep our ground water clean. Free and open to all ages. For more information, please call 408-615-3743.

FREE GIVEAWAYS!!! The first 30 people who arrive will receive a goodie bag with a gardening trowel, water efficient hose nozzle, and a soil moisture meter.

Register here.

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How I Succeeded With Native Annual Wildflowers - San Jose
Sep
28
11:00 AM11:00

How I Succeeded With Native Annual Wildflowers - San Jose

  • 5283 Snell Avenue San Jose, CA, 95136 United States (map)
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With a little patch of dirt, a little planning, and a lot of grit, you can grow native annual California wildflowers. This talk will cover site selection and preparation, seed sources, when and how to sow seeds, care for germinating seedlings, what to expect from your wildflower patch over the course of the Spring and Summer, and a little about self-seeding and seed saving. Give it a try! You and the birds and insects will enjoy a beautiful and changing show from April to August.

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing, and a hat, as the class is held outdoors. 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 park closer to our area on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

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Easy-to-Grow Native Plants - Palo Alto
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Easy-to-Grow Native Plants - Palo Alto

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.

Free! For more info, click here.

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Pruning Native Perennials - Cupertino
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Pruning Native Perennials - Cupertino

Pruning is one of the garden tasks that requires the most skill, timing and labor in the garden. Proper pruning affects the health and vigor of plants, and can take a garden from “good” to “great”. Learn when and how to prune your perennials and see examples of good and bad pruning done right before your eyes.

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Creating a Native Rain Garden - Los Gatos
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Creating a Native Rain Garden - Los Gatos

Get ready for the rain. Typically, our first rain is at the end of October. We shouldn’t let it go to waste running off roofs, and into the streets, storm drains, and creeks where it could cause flooding. Instead we should direct that rainwater into our gardens, allowing it to percolate downward, recharging our local aquifers and purifying the water as it passes through the soil. Learn how rain gardens keep water on site and solve drainage problems, and which California native plants are best suited for them. Did I mention there is also a rebate for installing them? Note the earlier start time.

Free! For more info, click here.

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Native Plant Sales - Los Altos Hills
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Native Plant Sales - Los Altos Hills

Scores of species of California native plants well-suited for our gardens and wildlife will be on sale at the CNPS SCV Nursery at Hidden Villa from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 19. If you need assistance with your plant selections, experts from Gardening With Natives will be available to provide advice. Native plant books, posters, t-shirts and note cards will also be available. Grassroots Ecology and Coyote Brush Studios are a couple of the vendors who will be there. There will be a free talk, "Success with Native Plants for Beginners" and a planting demo.

This sale is organized by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Come early for the best selection. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Bring boxes to carry purchases home. Free parking. No pets

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Creating Native Seed Balls - Campbell
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Creating Native Seed Balls - Campbell

Come see how to create seed balls. These small packets of seeds are protected by clay until the rains come and wash the coating away. Learn which wildflowers do best in our area, where you can place these balls, and where they shouldn’t go. Also learn how these annuals can help our native pollinators.

Free! For more info, click here.

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The Perks of California Native Wildflowers - Mountain View
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

The Perks of California Native Wildflowers - Mountain View

  • 201 South Rengstorff Avenue Mountain View, CA, 94040 United States (map)
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Explore the many varieties of native California wildflowers and how to plant and care for them in your own landscape. Learn how wildflowers attract beneficial insects, improve soil health, and reduce water use while creating a colorful landscape.

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Making a Native Wreath for Fall - Sunnyvale
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Making a Native Wreath for Fall - Sunnyvale

By selecting a variety of native foliage and berries from your garden, you can create a beautiful fall 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.

Free! Click here for more info.

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Pruning and Making New Plants from Old - Palo Alto
Nov
23
9:00 AM09:00

Pruning and Making New Plants from Old - Palo Alto

  • Mitchell Park Library, El Palo Alto Room (map)
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Horticulturist and designer Deva Luna is a master at making complicated topics, easy to understand. She loves plants and will share tips on the best way to prune, so the landscape grows better and looks natural. And, as a bonus, how to propagate new plants for free!

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Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, and Cisterns in Palo Alto
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

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

  • Mitchell Park Library - Palo Alto (map)
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Come learn about capturing rainwater on your property with rain gardens, rain barrels, and cisterns to help conserve water and reduce runoff volume. Learn about designing and maintaining these systems, rebate offers, and resources available to you regarding rain barrels and cisterns.

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Beautiful Water Wise Landscaping - Cupertino
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Beautiful Water Wise Landscaping - Cupertino

Did you know that fall is the perfect time to establish most waterwise plants in your garden? In this 3-week course, you'll learn about the many beautiful low-water plants that thrive in our mild, Mediterranean climate and how to incorporate them into your landscape. Reduce both your water usage and time maintaining your yard while also creating a vibrant, diverse oasis that attracts birds, bees, and butterflies.

Topics will include creating a design that meets your wants & needs, getting rid of or reducing the size of a lawn, choosing plants that will thrive here in Santa Clara County, and the latest in watering techniques and maintenance for a garden that will last for years to come.

Dates: 3 weeks - Mondays, Sept 16 to 30, 2019

Sponsor/ Partner: Fremont Union High School District Adult School (Sunnyvale-Cupertino)

Presenters: Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

Registration: Online at the Fremont Union High School District Adult School website

Cost: $55

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Garden Wisely to Help Global Cooling - Mountain View
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Garden Wisely to Help Global Cooling - Mountain View

The decisions we make as gardeners affect our planet. We can make choices that will help lower the carbon in our atmosphere and select which products and companies we want to support. Learn which is the largest “crop” is in the United States, and a variety of actions you can take to lower your carbon footprint outside.

The speaker will be using the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken, and other resources.

Free! For more info, click here.

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Growing Garlic - Campbell
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Growing Garlic - Campbell

  • 77 Harrison Avenue Campbell, CA, 95008 United States (map)
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Though it matures in the spring or early summer, garlic is planted in the fall. Learn how to select the best varieties for our area, how to prepare the soil, when and how to plant, grow, harvest and store garlic bulbs. With proper curing, your garlic will last until next year’s garlic is ready. And with careful planning, you will never have to buy garlic again!

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Saving Seeds - Santa Clara
Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

Saving Seeds - Santa Clara

  • 2380 Monroe Street Santa Clara, CA, 95051 United States (map)
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Join us at the City of Santa Clara’s Garden Share day at the “Eddie” Souza Park community garden to learn about saving seeds. We will tour the garden to see what has gone to seed and will have hands-on activities to help you learn. You’re welcome to bring your own vegetables—maybe that ripe tomato you love, or a zucchini or cucumber that has grown out of control—and a jar for each type of seed.

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Landscaping for Wildfire Protection - Cupertino
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Landscaping for Wildfire Protection - Cupertino

Are you ready for a fire? Living in the wildland-urban interface, as many of us do, people and homes are at risk from wildfires. While there are no guarantees your home will escape, landscaping around your home can help protect it. Learn about Defensible Space, plants that resist fire and what you can do right now, and in the future, to make sure your home is protected. It doesn’t take a Camp Fire (the fire that destroyed the town of Paradise CA last year) to destroy homes: two years ago the home of one of the speakers neighbors, in San Jose, burned to the ground in a 100-acre grass fire.

Create a fire safety plan, grow the right plants and take steps to protect your home and family.

For more info, click here.

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Native Plants for Clay Soils - Campbell
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plants for Clay Soils - Campbell

Most parts of the Bay Area have clay soil, but some of our most drought-tolerant native plants prefer a fast draining soil, which clay is not. What’s a gardener to do? Find out how to check how much clay you really have, which native plants tolerate clay soils, and how to adapt your garden for that finicky plant that you just have to have.

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Saving Vegetable Seeds
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Saving Vegetable Seeds

  • Los Altos Library - Orchard Room (map)
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earn how seeds are formed, and how to prevent cross-pollination as it relates to seed saving. Specific seed saving instructions, including when to harvest, and how to process seed, along with proper storage techniques will be given for many common vegetables!

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Green Gardener Training - Cupertino
Aug
28
4:30 PM16:30

Green Gardener Training - Cupertino

  • Fremont Union High School District - Adult School (map)
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Meet the demand for Green Gardening practices and expand your business prospects! This ten-week series of classes will provide you with the key principles of Sustainable Landscaping or Green Gardening by learning practices that conserve water, enhance and protect the soil, and reduce the use of pesticides. Green Gardening creates a healthier garden for your client, a healthier work environment for you and your employees, and a better environment for our shared land and water resources. Those who successfully complete the classroom and hands-on training program by attending at least 80% and pass a final exam will receive a certificate and will be identified as Santa Clara Valley Green Gardeners and will receive free advertising and promotional referrals to clients seeking “Green”or sustainable landscaping services.

Each training session consists of 10 classes.

Wednesdays: August 28, 2019 to October 30, 2019, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM – English

jueves: 29 agosto hasta 31 octubre, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - español

When you enroll, you are automatically eligible for the discounted enrollment fee of $60, if you provide documentation on the first day of class, that you work in landscape management. If you are NOT ELIGIBLE, you will be required to pay an additional fee of $60 after the start of class. For more information call (408)-522-2700. In order to register you will be required to provide information about yourself.

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Composting Basics - Cupertino
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics - Cupertino

  • Environmental Education Center at the McClellan Ranch Preserve (map)
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Backyard composting not only cuts the amount of waste that goes to landfills, but it also helps you conserve water and build healthy soils that stores carbon. At this workshop, Santa Clara County Master Composters will show you how to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile.

Register here.

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Firesafe Native Gardens - Los Altos
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Firesafe Native Gardens - Los Altos

The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council (SCCFSC) will be presenting concepts for wildfire risk reduction around your home and structures in conjunction with fire-safe landscaping. The presentation will begin by reviewing defensible space and ember intrusion principles. These underlying ideas are critical to reducing fire risk when planning landscape plantings and installations. Once the audience has a good understanding of the zones of home ignition, we will proceed to an in-depth discussion of spacing, placement and species choices. Discussion will also touch on maintenance for continued participation in wildfire risk reduction principles. Please bring your questions and ideas to the talk!

Patty Ciesla is the executive director of the SCCFSC, and has been working on wildfire preparedness since 2014. Patty’s prior work focused on parks, trails, physical activity, and recreation in the great outdoors.

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Growing Onions & Garlic
Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

Growing Onions & Garlic

How often do your recipes call for Onions or Garlic? Wouldn’t it be nice to have them at your fingertips? Though they mature in the summer, onions and garlic are best started in the fall.

Learn how to take advantage of our Bay Area mild and rainy winters to grow a gourmet garden of bulbing onions and garlic. Learn how to select the best varieties for our area, how to prepare the soil, when and how to plant, grow, harvest, cure and store them.

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Sustainable Pest Management - Sunnyvale
Aug
17
1:00 PM13:00

Sustainable Pest Management - Sunnyvale

  • Sunnyvale Teaching and Demo Garden (map)
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Maintaining a healthy garden is the first step to dealing with pests. Master Gardener Karen Hurst will introduce the Integrated Pest Management approach (IPM) and discuss how to deal with specific pests in a sustainable way. After the talk, we can tour the community garden to identify and discuss some common pest issues. Check out the UC Integrated Pest Management website, it's a treasure trove of information on pests and diseases.

Free! No registration required.

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The Butterflies & The Bees - Santa Clara
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

The Butterflies & The Bees - Santa Clara

  • Everett N. "Eddie" Souza park & Community Garden (map)
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Most gardening and landscaping practices are designed and maintained for the pleasure of humans while the needs of pollinators are ignored. However, the Eddie Souza Park and Community Garden was built to encourage growth for both humans and pollinators of all types together in harmony. Bring your kids to learn about the science of pollination with  puppets and demonstrations. Adults will learn how to create  beautiful pollinator habitats and source healthy plants. Join the “Pollinator Posse” and become a pollinator protector! Family-friendly free event! Registration is encouraged.

The Pollinator Posse’s mission is to create pollinator habitats throughout the urban jungle through outreach and education about the plight of our local pollinators. The Posse is a nonprofit volunteer organization devoted to building a habit corridor for diverse pollinators and other beneficial insects from the shores of San Francisco Bay into the East Bay Hills. See more about Tora Rocha and her work with the Posse

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Cover Crops for Home Gardens
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Cover Crops for Home Gardens

Want to improve your garden's soil? Cover Crops can perform many different functions, from preventing soil erosion, attracting beneficial insects, adding organic matter and nitrogen, improving soil structure and tilth, increasing air, water, and nutrient availability, and even helping to break up compacted soils. We'll discuss the reasons to grow cover crops, the various types of cover crops, when to plant them, and when to cut and compost or till them under. After the talk, we'll have a hands-on demonstration on planting Summer cover crops and cutting them down.

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.

Note: the park charges $6.00 for parking. Or, you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

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Creating Native Pollinator Gardens - Cupertino
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Creating Native Pollinator Gardens - Cupertino

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.

Juanita Salisbury has a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Florida (1988) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University (2000). In 2009 she established Juanita Salisbury Landscape Architecture after working for commercial and residential design firms. She has recently turned her focus to California native plant pollinator habitats, and in 2016 established the Primrose Way Pollinator Garden, the first of four pollinator habitat gardens in Palo Alto.

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