EVENTS

The More You Know: The More You Grow!

A series of free educational seminars focusing on gardening and sustainability

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September 13, 2014    10:00 AM

“Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden” 

Popular speaker Elaine Parker of UCCE Master Gardeners will present all the information you need to plant a successful Fall Vegetable Garden. Topics will include soil preparation, plant selection, and maintenance to ensure a bountiful fall harvest.

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 please dress accordingly

 

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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.

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

 

 

 

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