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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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

 Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/manage/events/67254743749/details

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

Sustainable Pest Management - Sunnyvale

  • Sunnyvale Teaching and Demo Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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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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.

For more info, click here.

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

Green Gardener Training - Cupertino

  • Fremont Union High School District - Adult School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

For more information, please click here.

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Saving Vegetable Seeds
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Saving Vegetable Seeds

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

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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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.

For more info, click here.

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

Landscaping for Wildfire Protection

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.

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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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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

For more info, please click here.

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

For more info, click here.

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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.

For more info, please click here.

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Creating a Bee-Friendly Native Garden - San Carlos
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Creating a Bee-Friendly Native Garden - San Carlos

We all know about the European honeybee, 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 info, click here.

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Simple Graywater Systems for Native Plants - Palo Alto
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Simple Graywater Systems for Native Plants - Palo Alto

California is a drought-prone state and it is imperative that we conserve every precious 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. You’ll also hear about the rebates available for these systems from the water district.

For more info, click here.

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Improve Soil with Biochar- Santa Clara
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Improve Soil with Biochar- Santa Clara

What is Biochar? How does it help your plants? How does it help the world? Learn all about it at this outdoor event in the garden. At this event you will learn how this charcoal-like substance or “Biochar” can mitigate climate change, improve soil quality and reduce waste. Cool Terra will bring free samples of their product to share with all whom attend. No items for purchase. This is for information only! RSVP’s are appreciated. Children are welcome.

Click here for more info and to register.

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Compost Basics
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Compost Basics

  • Guadalupe River Park Conservancy - Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Gardening for Pollinators- A Walk and Talk - San Jose
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Gardening for Pollinators- A Walk and Talk - San Jose

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

Join us at the Master Gardener Demonstration and Education Center at Martial Cottle Park for a garden tour and presentation on gardening for pollinators. California native bees, European honey bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies are great pollinators and are fascinating to watch in the garden. Providing pollinator gardens in our urban areas will help their survival. This garden talk will teach you the basics of how to create a pollinator garden in your own yard. We will tour our native, habitat, and pollinator demonstration gardens to observe the bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies that are active at this time of year. We will also view and discuss the best California native plants and low-water Mediterranean plants in our garden that provide good sources of nectar and pollen throughout the year for these important insects and hummingbirds.

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing, and a hat, as the class is held outdoors in our Habitat Garden. A refillable water bottle is recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to walk from the parking lot or Chynoweth Avenue to the Master Gardener's parcel at the park and sign in.

Free! No registration required.

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Aesthetic Pruning in the Dry Season - Mountain View
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Aesthetic Pruning in the Dry Season - Mountain View

A native garden looks most pleasing when it has a human touch: shrubs and trees are at their best with occasional pruning and shaping. And some of our California native plants prefer summer pruning when they are dormant and less likely to contract water-borne diseases. During this presentation, you’ll learn about the different types of pruning cuts and how to bring out the best characteristics and health of your plants.

For more info, click here.

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Creating Native Pollinator Gardens - Cupertino
Jul
11
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.

For more info, click here.

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How to Compost at Home: Do's & Don'ts - Santa Clara
Jul
6
1:00 PM13:00

How to Compost at Home: Do's & Don'ts - Santa Clara

  • Santa Clara Central Park Library, Redwood Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Making compost benefits our environment not only keeping organic waste (food waste and yard clippings) out of landfill. Compost also benefits your garden as a soil amendment and fertilizer. The long-term applications of compost result in having bountiful crops and improving water infiltration, which reduces water use in your garden). Master Gardener Mint Pasakdee will share with you tips on how to maintain a backyard compost system and worm bin.

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Drawdown Global Warming with Native Gardens - Campbell
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Drawdown Global Warming with Native Gardens - Campbell

The decisions we make as gardeners do affect our planet. We can choose to reduce our carbon footprint, improve biodiversity, and reduce waste. Come hear all the ways that your garden can move us forward towards a more sustainable world.

Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay Friendly-Qualified designer, and a member of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Landscape Board. She is a chairperson for the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society and started her company, Sustainable Landscape Designs, over 20 years ago. In 2018, she received the Water Champion distinction from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Coalition.

Click here for more info.

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Beginner’s Bird and Plant ID Walk at Lake Cunningham - San Jose
Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Beginner’s Bird and Plant ID Walk at Lake Cunningham - San Jose

  • Lake Cunningham Park- Marina Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At the onset of summer, join us for a beginner’s bird and plant identification walk through Lake Cunningham Park. This park is a major destination for waterfowl and migratory birds and its native garden draws many birds due to its habitat value. On this walk, Vicki Silvas-Young will show you how to identify the common birds of our area, as well as the native plants they depend on for food, shelter and nesting places.

The distance will be 4 miles round trip on a level path. Bring a hat, water, your plant and bird lists and binoculars. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Parking fee is $6.

Reservations are required. Please RSVP at www.meetup.com (“California Native Plant Society – Santa Clara Valley Chapter”) or through the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA) Events page www.openspaceauthority.org/visitors/events.html. This plant walk is jointly organized by CNPS, OSA and Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.

Lake Cunningham Park is located at 2305 S. White Road, San Jose. We’ll meet at the Marina building at 9am. See directions at the Meetup or OSA listing.

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ReScape Speaker Series -Healthy Soil Sequesters Carbon - San Jose
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

ReScape Speaker Series -Healthy Soil Sequesters Carbon - San Jose

ReScape California presents the third in a series of conversations about regenerative landscape practices that address the climate issues of our time. Experts will share solutions from their field with landscape professionals, home gardeners and municipalities. Tickets are $25 for ReScape members and $35 for non-members.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Succulents Plant Sale - San Jose
Jun
15
9:30 AM09:30

Succulents Plant Sale - San Jose

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

3rd Saturday succulent sale. We have new arrangements and different plants for sale every month! We can also answer any questions you may have about growing, caring for, and propagating succulents.

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.

Free! For more info, click here.

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Second Sunday Garden Share - Santa Clara
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Second Sunday Garden Share - Santa Clara

  • Eddie Souza Park (San Tomas & Monroe Neighborhood Park and Community Garden) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“I don’t want to share my garden secrets”, said no gardener ever! In fact, many experienced gardeners would agree the best thing about gardening is sharing our harvests, our seedlings, and our knowledge with each other .  Starting in June, every second Sunday, the Eddie Souza Community Garden opens its gates to all novice and master gardeners everywhere in a cultural garden exchange. Each month we will highlight a topic to discuss, however all topics (and plants) are on the table! We hope you can bring seeds, seedlings, recipes, garden food, plant cuttings, or even questions to exchange with your neighbors. No one will be turned away for coming empty handed. The time of the exchange will vary due to the weather so please check the Community Garden Webpage for updates!

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Parks for Pollinators – BioBlitz – Kickoff meeting - Santa Clara
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Parks for Pollinators – BioBlitz – Kickoff meeting - Santa Clara

  • Everett N. "Eddie" Souza Park (San Tomas & Monroe) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the City of Santa Clara and parks throughout the country in a fun challenge to see how many pollinators species can be documented during Pollinator Month in June. It is easy to participate by joining our event on Sunday, June 9 at 10am or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app. With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a pollinator (bee, butterfly, bat, etc.) or pollinator-friendly plant and the community will help identify which species it is. You can participate by exploring the nature and wildlife in the new Everett N. "Eddie" Souza Park & community garden (San Tomas & Monroe). The park is loaded with plants that attract pollinator animals of all kinds. Any observation you make will count during our event. The person with the most pictures will win a goodie bag from the Parks & Recreation Department. Visit the park anytime or www.santaclaraca.gov/communitygarden for the Community Garden's open hours.

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DIY-A Drip Irrigation System - A Step by Step Approach to How to Install & Maintain - Mountain View
Jun
8
11:30 AM11:30

DIY-A Drip Irrigation System - A Step by Step Approach to How to Install & Maintain - Mountain View

Is having a successful garden on your agenda? Learn how to install and maintain a drip irrigation system yourself. Don't be tied to your garden. With your new drip system you can have more free time, save energy, and conserve water. Join Master Gardener, Bob Heller for a hands-on talk on how, you too, can easily accomplish this. All the components that you will need to familiarize yourself with, will be available.

Free! For more info, click here.

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Creating a Bee-Friendly Native Garden - Los Gatos
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Creating a Bee-Friendly Native Garden - Los Gatos

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.

Click here for more info.

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Composting Basics Workshop - Cupertino
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop - Cupertino

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. Compost bins available for purchase at these classes.

To register, click here.

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Attracting Pollinators in Your Gardens - Los Altos
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Attracting Pollinators in Your Gardens - Los Altos

Learn what a pollinator is and why pollinators are important to your garden. Come join us for a library talk on Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden, presented by UCCE Master Gardener Nella Henninger. Nella will discuss which plants to plant to attract pollinators to your landscape. She will discuss the pollinators’ needs and how these plants meet those needs. You will learn how to incorporate these plants in your garden to give year-around color and provide food, habitat and protection for pollinators

For more details, click here.

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Native Plants for Pollinator Gardens - Saratoga
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plants for Pollinator Gardens - Saratoga

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.

Click here for more details.

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Drip Irrigation for Your Garden - San Jose
May
18
10:30 AM10:30

Drip Irrigation for Your Garden - San Jose

Drip irrigation can offer a simple, reliable, and efficient way to water your garden or landscape plantings, but it isn't perfect, nor does it work for every situation. Join Hank Morales as he discusses when and where you should install drip irrigation in your garden, and when it doesn't make sense. He will talk about the basics of drip irrigation systems, the differences between manufacturers and styles, planning a system, installation, troubleshooting and maintenance, and show you how we use different types of systems in our gardens.

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.

For more details, click here.

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Rain Capture Workshop
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Rain Capture Workshop

Join us for a crash course in water conservation and rain water capture. A special guest 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.

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