EVENTS & SEMINARS

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Saturday April 8, 2017      11:00 am

Pest Management for Garden & Landscape

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners

Learn the latest methods for protecting your garden vegetables, fruit trees and landscaping plants from our most common pests here in the valley.

FULL 2017 Seminar Schedule

Saturday March 11 2017        11:00 am

Waterwise Edible Landscapingg

Presented by UCCE Master Gardener Royce R. 

                                          

Saturday March 25, 2017       11:00 am

Planting Successful Spring Vegetables

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners

 

Saturday April 8, 2017              11:00 AM

Pest Management for Garden & Landscape

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners

Learn the latest methods for protecting your garden vegetables, fruit trees and landscaping plants from our most common pests here in the valley.

 

Saturday April 22, 2017                  11:00 am

How to Attract Pollinators to your Garden and Landscape

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners

               

 Saturday May 6, 2017            11:oo am

Drought Tolerant Landscaping

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners

 

Saturday May 20, 2017           11:00 am

Citrus, Avocados & Sub-Tropicals

Successful planting for abundant fruit tree production.

Presented by Debbie Saffel of Colorama & LaVerne Nursery 

  

 Saturday May 27, 2017          11:00 am

Water Management for the Homeowner:

Water mitigation & basic drip system construction.

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners: Dave & Karol A.

 

 DATE TBA                   11:00 AM

Basic Composting: Recycling Green Waste

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners

 

Additional 2017 seminars are being scheduled. We post all updates on our Facebook page and website.

Seminars are held in our event tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served.

Advanced registration is appreciated. Call 209-384-0513.   More info at www.mercedgardens.com

 

“The More You Know: The More You Grow”

1007 Tahoe Street Merced, California           www.mercedgardens.com              209-384-0513

2016 Seminar Schedule

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Saturday May 28, 2016    11:00 a.m

Planning for Drought: Water Mitigation & Drip Systems for Homeowner

 

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners Dave H.

Back by popular demand, this will be the third consecutive year we have hosted this seminar.

UCCE Master Gardener Dave H. will present a hands on demonstration showing how to replace your current sprinklers with low water options that will decrease you water usage while maintaining a gorgeous yard and landscape. Additionally you will learn how to build a basic drip system for the homeowner/gardener.

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Saturday January 16, 2016   11:00 a.m.  

Rose Pruning w/Lisa 

Presented by Merced Gardens staff this informative session will be held in our Rose Garden section and will demonstrate how to prune all types of roses and discuss year long care to guarantee beautiful blooms . Q & A session to follow. Refreshments will be served.

 

Saturday January 23, 2016  11:00 a.m.

Prune Your Backyard Orchard – Basics

Presented by Merced Gardens Staff. This informative seminar will be held in our own “Backyard Orchard” where we will demonstrate how to prune a variety of fruit trees.  Refreshments will be served.

 

 

Saturday January 30, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Roots & Berries

Presented by  Merced Gardens Staff. Did you know that January is the best time to plant a variety of berries, artichokes, rhubarb, horseradish & asparagus in Merced? Hosted by Merced Gardens staff, this informative seminar will be held in our Berry area and tell you all you need to know to have success with growing these edibles in your home garden. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday February 6, 2015  11:00 a.m.

Backyard Orcharding with James Shao 

Popular speaker James Shao of LE Cooke is back to share his wealth of knowledge about backyard fruit tree varieties available to us here in the valley. Seminar will include how to plant, grow, prune and care for your fruit trees. Seminar will be held “under the tent.”   Refreshments will be served.

 

Saturday February 13, 2016    11:00 a.m.

Spring Vegetable Seed Starting

Presented by UCCE Master Gardener: Dave H.

 

Saturday February 20, 2016    11:00 a.m.

Success with Bare Root Roses

Presented by Merced Garden Staff

 

Saturday March 5, 2016       11:00 a.m.  TENTATIVE

Water-Wise Edible Landscaping

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners

 

Saturday March 19, 2016  11:00 am          

Spring Vegetable Gardening

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners

 

 Saturday April 9, 2016       11:00 a.m.

Pest Management

Including latest info on Asian Citrus Psyllid

Presented by UCCE Master Gardener:  Stan B.

           

Saturday April 23, 2016   11:00 a.m.

How to Attract Pollinators

Presented by UCCE Master Gardener:  Marilyn M.

Saturday May 7, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Mother’s Day “Succulent Tea Party”

Presented by Merced Gardens Staff

Bring Mom for this special day of celebration which will include a talk focusing on Tea Cup & Vintage container succulent design & care.  All Succulents & Pottery will be on sale and there will be a number of one-of-a-kind MG designed succulent containers and special gift shop items available for sale—perfect gifts for Mom! Refreshments will be served. Register all week for multiple raffle prizes — winners will be drawn immediately following talk! Check out our Facebook page for additional details Merced Gardens Facebook page –don’t forget to “LIKE” us while you’re there! Seating is limited so call today to reserve your (and Mom’s) seat! 209-384-0513

 

Saturday May 14, 2016         11:00 a.m.  

Drought Tolerant Landscaping

Join us as  UCCE Master Gardeners present all you need to know to make drought tolerant landscaping a success. From defining “drought tolerant” to plant selection, soil preparation, water needs and more.

 

 Saturday May 21, 2016   10:00 a.m.

Success with  Citrus, Avocados & Sub-Tropical Fruits

Presented by popular speaker Debbie Saffel of La Verne Nursery  and Colorama  this seminar will provide you with all the information you need successfully grow a variety of citrus, avocados & other sub tropical fruit trees here in the valley. Topics include: plant selection & placement, soil selection, care, maintenance and more.

  

 

 

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Please check back—We will be adding more seminars to our 2016 schedule!

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SHOP SMALL

Shop Small with us on Small Business Saturday!

November 28th from 9:oo am – 5:00 pm

*First 10 custmers recieve a reusable canvas bag with goodies inside!

*Register to win raffle basket (value $200) no purchase necessary! (one entry per person, must be 18 or older).

* Discounts and specials throughout the gift shop.

*Enjoy free refreshments while browsing.

 

 

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The More You Know: The More You Grow!

A series of free educational seminars focusing on gardening and sustainability

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Saturday September 26, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Holiday Herb Bowl – Make & Take

Join us for this hands on seminar and create a “Simon & Garfunkel” herb bowl-perfect for all your holiday cooking! Cost $12.00 per person.
Presented by Merced Gardens Staff.

UCCE Master Gardeners will also have their information booth with volunteers ready to answer any of your gardening questions.

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener?

 

Please check back—We will be adding more seminars to our 2015 schedule!

 

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Please check back—We will be adding more seminars to our 2015 schedule!

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2015 FULL SEMINAR SCHEDULE

SATURDAY JANUARY 24, 2015 11:00 A.M.
Rose Pruning and Care

Presented by Merced Gardens staff this informative session will show you how to prune all types of roses and discuss year long care to guarantee beautiful blooms .Q & A session to follow. Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended (209 384-0513)


SATURDAY JANUARY 31, 2015 11:00 A.M.
Berries, Artichokes, Rhubarb and more!

Did you know that January is the best time to plant a variety of berries, artichokes, rhubarb, horseradish & asparagus in Merced? Hosted by Merced Gardens staff, this informative seminar will teach you all you need to know to have success with growing these edibles in your home garden. Q & A session to follow. Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended (209 384-0513)


FEBRUARY 14, 2015 11:00 A.M.
Backyard Orcharding-Success with Fruit Trees

Popular speaker James Shao of LE Cooke is back to share his wealth of knowledge about backyard fruit tree varieties available to us here in the valley. Seminar will include how to plant, grow, prune and care for your fruit trees. Presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended


MARCH 14, 2015 11:00 A.M.
Organic Vegetable Gardening

Guest Speaker Debbie Saffell of Colorama Wholesale Nursery will present everything you need to know to be successful at Organic Vegetable Gardening. From soil preparation to plant selection and care. Presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended


April 11, 2015 11:00 A.M.
How to Attract Pollinators

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners. Learn which plants will attract pollinators to your landscape and garden.Topics will include: Identifying Pollinators, Plant Selection, Plant Location, “Native” Pollinators & more.

SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2015 11:00 A.M.
DROUGHT TOLERANT LANDSCAPING

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners this seminar will focus on how to incorporate drought tolerant plants into your existing landscaping for year round “low water” color and beauty. Topics will include: defining drought tolerant, California Natives, California friendly, plant selection and more.


May 9, 2015 11:00 A.M.
Planning for Drought:
Homeowners & Gardeners guide am to water reduction techniques.

 

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners. This seminar will present practical “how-to” demonstrations including information on: How to revise your current irrigation system for healthy landscape while reducing water consumption, planning new landscape projects while decreasing water consumption and how to build a your own drip irrigation system. Q & A session to follow. Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended (209 384-0513).

Saturday September 12, 2015
10:00 a.m.
Fall Vegetable Gardening

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners
Grow your own fall vegetables. Now is the time to plant and more! Topics include: fall growing season plant selection, growing season, and growing tips. Everything you need to know for a successful fall harvest.

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Saturday September 26, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Holiday Herb Bowl – Make & Take

Join us for this hands on seminar and create a “Simon & Garfunkel” herb bowl-perfect for all your holiday cooking! Cost $12.00 per person.
Presented by Merced Gardens Staff
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PAST SEMINARS 2014
Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00 am “Why Plant in the Fall? It’s Waterwise!.”
Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners this seminar will focus on Fall planting and why it is the BEST waterwise time of the year to plant.Learn why and what to plant NOW and information on winter garden maintenance. Also included will be a brief segment on garden tool maintenance. Q & A session to follow. UCCE Master Gardeners will have their information booth set up to answer any of your gardening questions! Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended (209 384-0513)
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Saturday October 25, 2014 10:00 am

“Planning for Drought: Homeowners & Gardeners guide to water reduction techniques(This is a repeat of our 3/29/14 seminar–back by popular request!).”

This seminar will present practical “how-to” demonstrations including information on: How to revise your current system for healthy landscape while reducing water consumption, planning new landscape projects while decreasing water consumption and how to build a your own drip irrigation system. Q & A session to follow. Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended (209 384-0513)
Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00 am “Why Plant in the Fall? It’s Waterwise!.”

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners this seminar will focus on Fall planting and why it is the BEST waterwise time of the year to plant here Merced. More information will be posted soon. Q & A session to follow. Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended (209 384-0513)

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FULL 2014 SEMINAR SCHEDULE

April 12, 2014 10:00 AM

“Success with Citrus and Avocados”

Popular speaker Debbie Saffel of La Verne Nursery will present all the information you need to be successful growing avocados, citrus and other sub-tropical plants in the San Joaquin Valley.

Presentation will be followed by a Q & A period.
Seminar is FREE. Refreshments will be served.March 29, 2014

10:00 am

“Planning for Drought: Homeowners & Gardeners guide to water reduction techniques.”

This seminar will present practical “how-to” demonstrations including information on: How to revise your current irrigation system for healthy landscape while reducing water consumption, planning new landscape projects while decreasing water consumption and how to build a your own drip irrigation system. Q & A session to follow. Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended (209 384-0513)

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Seating is limited so call 209 384 0513 to reserve your spot!

All seminars are held in our outdoor event tent so please dress accordingly.

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March 29, 2014

10:00 am

“Planning for Drought: Homeowners & Gardeners guide to water reduction techniques.”

This seminar will present practical “how-to” demonstrations including information on: How to revise your current system for healthy landscape while reducing water consumption, planning new landscape projects while decreasing water consumption and how to build a your own drip irrigation system. Q & A session to follow. Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended (209 384-0513)

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March 22, 2014

10:00 am session is full — Call to reserve a seat for 1:00 pm Session

“Waterwise Edible Landscaping”

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners this relevant and informative seminar will include information on how to incorporate edible plants into your landscaping in a thoughtful and waterwise manner. Lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments will be served. Seminars are held in our outdoor tent area, so please dress accordingly.

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Saturday March 8 10:00 AM

“Jump-Start Your Summer Vegetable Garden”

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners this fun and informative talk will give you all the information and tips you need to get a head start on a summer vegetable garden. Information will include plant care, best varieties and potential frost protection to insure a bountiful summer harvest. Featuring tomatoes, peppers, eggplants squash and more. Q & A session to follow. Seminar will be held under the tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended (209 384-0513)

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Febuary 15, 2014 10:00 AM

Backyard Orcharding

Popular speaker James Shao of LE Cooke is back share his wealth of knowledge about backyard fruit tree varieties available to us here in the valley. Presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. Refreshments will be served. Reservations recommended.

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Complete 2013 Seminar Schedule:

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Febuary 23, 2013 11:00 AM

Backyard Orcharding 2.0 “My favorites”

James Shao of LE Cooke

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March 9, 2013 11:00 AM

Success with Roses.

Join us at “The Gardens” for a presentation by Stuart Miller of Weeks Roses

Stuart will be presenting a comprehensive and informative talk covering:

  • Basic Rose terms
  • Selection and planting of bareroot roses
  • Care of existing Roses: pruning, spraying and feeding.
  • A question and answer period will follow.

This seminar is great for beginning as well as experienced rose gardeners.

Seminar is free but registration is recommended. Events are held in our outdoor event tent so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served. Please call 209 384 0513 to register

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March 16, 2013 10:00 AM

Drought Tolerant, California Natives: Basics

Taylor Lewis of Cornflower Farms

March 16, 2013 1:00 PM

California Natives 2.0 My Favorites

Taylor Lewis of Cornflower Farms

Guest speaker Taylor Lewis of Cornflower Farms will present information on California Native varieties including: plant selection, site selection (location/exposure), planting basics, maintenance and care. A question and answer period will follow. Informative handouts will be included. Refreshments will be served. Seminar will be held in our outdoor event tent. Please dress accordingly.

Why plant Native?

In a garden environment, native plants require less water, fertilizer, pruning, less or no pesticide, and less of your time to maintain than do many common garden plants.

Native plants, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects are “made for each other.” Research shows that native wildlife clearly prefers native plants. California’s wealth of insect pollinators can improve fruit production in your garden, while a variety of native insects and birds will help keep your landscape free of mosquitoes and plant-eating

 

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March 30, 2013 11:00 AM

Edible Landscaping

What is Edible Landscaping? It’s the use of food plants as design features in landscape where the plants are used for both beauty as well as food. Discussion will include: benefits of edible landscaping, design and planning, substitution of edibles for annuals, site maintenance, and more. This presentation by UCCE Master Gardeners will be held at Merced Gardens & Nursery on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM. All seminars are held in our outdoor event tent so dress accordingly. Seminars are free but reservations are suggested. Refreshments will be served. Call 209-384-0513 to reserve seating.

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April 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Subtropical Fruits and Avocados

Guest Presentor: Debbie Saffell of La Verne Nursery

Want to know how to grow Avocados and Subtropical Fruits in Merced?

Join us at 11:00 am on Saturday April 13th. Debbie S. of Laverne Nursery will be chatting about what varieties work best in our valley climate, exposure, hardiness, and everything else you need to know to insure success.
Reservations recommended.
Seminar will be held outside, so dress appropriately.
Refreshments will be served.
Call 209 384 0513 to reserve your spot.

 

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April 27, 2013 11:00 AM

Backyard Vegetables: Small Space: Big Results

Join us for a wonderfully informative session presented by Elaine P. of the UCCE Master Gardeners. Elaine is one of our most popular presenters and will give you all the information and tips you need to grow a successful, productive small vegetable garden. Got more space? This seminar will work for you too! Topics will include plot preparation, plant selection, soil amendment, fertilizing, maintenance and more. Q&A session will follow.

 

UCCE Master Gardeners

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Saturday , May 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

Garden Now!

There is still time to plant your summer garden in Merced.

Join us on for a free seminar featuring UCCE Master Gardener Elaine P.
Topic will including:
-What to plant NOW
-When and how to start seeds
-Preview of fall vegetables

Seminar is free.
Reservations Recommended 209 384 0513
Refreshments will be served

UCCE Master Gardeners link

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Saturday July 27, 2013 10:00 AM.

What to Plant When: Basic Gardening and Landscaping

Join us for a fun and informative session on basic vegetable gardening.

Living in Merced affords us the wonderful opportunity for year round gardening and landscaping. From vegetable gardening, landscaping, fruit trees and more, this informative session will provide basic over view of “what to plant when.” Presented by Merced Gardens & Nursery staff.

Seminar is free.
Reservations Recommended 209 384 0513
Refreshments will be servedAll seminars are held in our outdoor event tent so dress accordingly

 

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Saturday, August 24, 2013 11:00 AM

Prep, Plan & Grow ~ Fall/Winter Vegetable Gardens

Join us on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM for a presentation by UCCE Master Gardeners.

This informative seminar will cover all you need to know about planting and growing a successful fall/ winter vegetable garden. Soil preparation, plant selection, watering, and more will be covered.

Presentation will be followed by a Q & A period.
Seminar is FREE.

Refreshments will be served.

All seminars are held in our outdoor event tent so dress accordingly

Seating is limited so call 209 384 0513 to reserve your spot!

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Saturday Sept. 14, 2013 10:00 am

Succulents & Hypertufa Planter Demonstration

Presented by Valerie Edrington of “Hooked on Cactus

 

In this fun and informative seminar, Valerie will do a live demonstration of how to make a hypertufa pot that you can use to create a beautiful succulent container garden. She will also have some pre-made hypertufa containers available for purchase and we will be having a special sale on our succulents too. This seminar is free but reservations are required as we expect a full house. All pre-registered participants will be entered into a drawing to win a free hypertufa succulent arrangement to take home! Please call 209 384-0513 to reserve your space today! Presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.

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Saturday September 28, 2013 Date Changed to Saturday October 5th!

Fall Edible Landscaping 11:00 am

Our spring seminar on edible landscaping was so popular we decided to bring it back for Fall!

Guest speakers: UCCE MASTER GARDENERS

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners this session will focus on edibles you can incorporate into you fall landscaping for both beauty and food production!

Presentation will be followed by a Q & A period.
Seminar is FREE. Refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited so call 209 384 0513 to reserve your spot!

All seminars are held in our outdoor event tent so dress accordingly

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And more! Please check back ….we will be confirming more free seminar dates on a variety of fun garden topics!

 

 

 

 

Prep, Plan & Grow ~ Fall/Winter Vegetable Gardens

Join us on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 11:00 AM for a presentation by UCCE Master Gardeners.

This informative seminar will cover all you need to know about planting and growing a successful fall/ winter vegetable garden. Soil preparation, plant selection, watering, and more will be covered.

Presentation will be followed by a Q & A period.
Seminar is FREE. Seating is limited so call 209 384 0513 to reserve your spot.
We will be outside so dress appropriately!
Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are delighted to participate in the Downtown Merced Thrusday Night Farmer’s Market. Our booth is located on Main street in front of Bob Hart Square. We will have many varieties of fall vegetables, herbs and specialty plants along with some unique gift items. Stop by and visit, ask us your gardening questions and see our market specials!

Market Hours are 6:00pm – 9:00 pm

 

 

 

 

CONTAINER GARDEN CLASS

SATURDAY JUNE 16, 2012

11:00 AM

Create a beautiful Container Garden to take home with you during our fun and informative container gardening class. A short presentation and demo covering “all the basics” will be followed by a hands-on creation session. During the hands-on session you will create a beautiful container garden: either a “color-pot” or herb container. Our friendly employees will be available to help.

Cost $25.00 Includes: container, plants, soil, hands on instruction and take home handouts. Limited spots available.

Refreshments will be served. “Observers” welcome!

Reserve your spot today! Call 209 384-0513

 

 

Our “Ask a Grower series continues!

On Saturday, March 24, 2012 Merced Gardens will welcome Taylor Lewis of Cornflower Farms.

 

Taylor will be discussing California Native/Drought Tolerant Plants ~ “Plants to Beat the Heat”.

Learn about California Native Plants that are drought resistant and more suited to the high heat of valley summers. Discussion will include native plants for every exposure and location; how to use complimentary native plants and more.

 

Each workshop includes an informational presentation, question and answer session, and plant demonstrations.

 

Presentation begin at 11:00 am.

Refreshments will be served.

Reservations are recommended.

 

Please call us at 209 384-0513 to reserve your spot at any of our scheduled events.

 

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Previous events:

Our “Ask the Growers” series starts on Saturday, February 18, 2012 with

James Shao of the L. .E Cooke Company and will focus on growing Bareroot Fruit Trees in a “Home Orchard Setting.”

 

Learn about home orcharding techniques that produce healthy trees abundant with fruit. This seminar will include: why bare root?, how to select the best variety of fruit tree, a demonstration on pruning fruit trees to maximize fruit yield. EZ pick trees, the “4 trees-1 hole” answer to the limitations of “fruit cocktail” trees and more.

Workshop is free but seating is limited. Reservations are suggested, but walk- ins are welcome. Demonstration begins promptly at 11:00 am. Refreshments will be served.

Reserve your spot today! Call 209 384-0513