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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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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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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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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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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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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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 will soon be available at cityofpaloalto.org/earthday

Sign up for our event newsletter to receive updates on the 2019 celebration, including to be the first notified when registration becomes available.

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/338752720051192/

 

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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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Winning the War on Weeds - Sunnyvale
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Winning the War on Weeds - Sunnyvale

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.

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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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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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Living Landscape: A video by Douglas Tallamy - Mountain View
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Living Landscape: A video by Douglas Tallamy - Mountain View

Change your landscape to attract more creatures, especially caterpillars! Your garden can become a food hub in the middle of suburbia.

Join us for a screening of a video based on Doug Tallamy’s latest book, followed by a discussion with the California Native Plant Society.

No RSVP; walk-ins are welcome

Event is at the Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St, in the 1st Floor Program Room.

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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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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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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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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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