Growing Native Plants in Containers - Morgan Hill
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Growing Native Plants in Containers - Morgan Hill

California Native plants grow naturally in California. There are numerous advantages to growing native plants in your garden. They offer food and shelter to wildlife and help to maintain delicate ecosystems.

Some California Native plants grow well in containers. They produce flowers and/or fruit as well as interesting foliage.

Come find out which ones may look great in your yard or can be kept inside!

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Getting Started with Bonsai - Santa Clara
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Getting Started with Bonsai - Santa Clara

Come and learn about this ancient and compelling style of container gardening. This hobby is container-based, most plants are groomed over many years growing in containers, soil, watering, fertilizing, and shaping is a little different from plants grown in the ground. Learn how to get a good handle on this adventure.

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Culinary Herbs - San Jose
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Culinary Herbs - San Jose

Easy to grow Culinary Herbs can offer big savings! This talk is designed to acquaint the home gardener with a basic understanding of how various herbs are grown. Instructions on when to harvest and how to preserve many common herbs will also be given!

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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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Fruit Tree Care: Stone Fruit, Apples, and Pears - Cupertino
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Fruit Tree Care: Stone Fruit, Apples, and Pears - Cupertino

It’s no wonder the Santa Clara Valley was once known for its acres of fruit orchards and our mild Mediterranean climate allows us to grow a dazzling variety of tree fruit!

This course covers growing pome fruits (including apples & pears), and stone fruits (including apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and, plums). It stresses sustainable gardening practices including:

  • Efficient watering methods.

  • Integrated pest management.

  • Use of organic fertilizers and soil amendments apply for establishing and growing fruit trees.

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Habits and Habitats of our Local Birds - Los Altos Hills
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Habits and Habitats of our Local Birds - Los Altos Hills

  • Los Altos Hills Town Hall, Council Chambers (map)
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From bluebirds to golden eagles, Los Altos Hills provides habitat for a wide variety of birds. Matthew Dodder, Michelle Unger and Mike Azevedo, with Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, will discuss the habits and habitats of our local birds and actions residents can take to conserve local species.

Sponsored by the Los Altos Hills Open Space Committee

Questions: kitgordon@me.com

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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.

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Blueberries in Abundance - Saratoga
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Blueberries in Abundance - Saratoga

Yes, blueberries can thrive and produce abundantly in Santa Clara County!  

Learn how to maximize your success with blueberries. Types of blueberries and varieties that do well in our area will be discussed. Planting, feeding, watering, pruning, and harvesting will also be covered.

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Composting with Worms - Santa Clara
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Composting with Worms - Santa Clara

Come and learn everything you need to know before constructing your own worm bin or buying a commercial worm bin.

We will go over some dos and don'ts for having a worm bin at home, and show tips and tricks for successfully maintaining your worm bin. In addition, we'll show how to use worm castings as a fertilizer in your garden.

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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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Going Native in the Garden - Santa Clara
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Going Native in the Garden - Santa Clara

  • 2380 Monroe Street Santa Clara, CA, 95051 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 perennials, shrubs, and trees in your garden. Learn how you can easily make a California native habitat garden a reality at your home.

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Growing Onions, Scallions, Garlic, Shallots, Leeks and Chives - San Jose
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Growing Onions, Scallions, Garlic, Shallots, Leeks and Chives - San Jose

Learn about the history of alliums, i.e. Onions, Scallions, Garlic, Shallots, Leeks and Chives, and how to successfully grow them in your garden, taking advantage of our bay area mild and rainy winters, warm and sunny summers. Grow a gourmet garden of bulbing onions, scallions, garlic, shallots, leeks and chives. Master Gardener Sue Zaslaw will teach you how to select the best varieties for our area, how to prepare the soil, when and how to plant, grow, harvest and store your alliums.

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Getting Started with Fruit Trees - San Jose
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Getting Started with Fruit Trees - San Jose

It’s no wonder the Santa Clara Valley was once known for its acres of fruit orchards—our mild Mediterranean climate allows us to grow a dazzling variety of tree fruit! In this talk, we’ll go over what you need to know to establish your own fruit trees, including site selection and preparation, deciding what to grow, ordering plant material, and actual planting. We’ll then provide an overview of what it will take to maintain those trees, including irrigation, fertilization, and pest management. We’ll end the talk with a tour of our newly planted fruit orchard—which, once mature, will provide fruit during every month of the year.

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.

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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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Garlic: Cultivation and Care - Palo Alto
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Garlic: Cultivation and Care - Palo Alto

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!

Master Gardener Louise Christy will discuss the cultivation and care of garlic both in the garden and containers

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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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Beauty and Abundance: Year-Round Fruit from the Home Garden - Palo Alto
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Beauty and Abundance: Year-Round Fruit from the Home Garden - Palo Alto

Learn how to harvest delicious fruit from your garden every month of the year, using sustainable gardening practices, including efficient watering methods, integrated pest management, and non-synthetic fertilizers and soil amendments. Pome fruits (apples and pears), stone fruits (peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, etc.), citrus, and berries will be discussed.

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Fall Plant Sale - South County - Morgan Hill
Oct
12
9:30 AM09:30

Fall Plant Sale - South County - Morgan Hill

Join us for our annual Fall Plant Sale held at beautiful Guglielmo Winery. Shop for California native plants and fall vegetable seedlings, such as broccoli, cauliflower, salad greens, peas, and much more. Visit with Master Gardeners and get your gardening questions answered. Learn how to have a productive vegetable garden all winter long!

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Urban Permaculture - Gilroy
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Urban Permaculture - Gilroy

  • 8191 Swanston Lane Gilroy, CA, 95020 United States (map)
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Learn from the various Permaculture schools and apply the lessons in a yard-sized environment. After a quick photo tour of Ecology Action in Willits and the Holzerhof and Kremeterhof in Austria, we will dive into Jesse’s adventure converting his front lawn into a productive miniature food forest. Topics will center around growing soil, water management, and niches.

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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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Rainwater harvesting: Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, and Cisterns - Milpitas
Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

Rainwater harvesting: Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, and Cisterns - Milpitas

  • Milpitas Senior Center (Room 140) (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 to save water.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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