Home & Garden Digest – Sentinel of Santa Cruz



Marina Tree and Garden Club organizes a tour

The Marina Tree and Garden Club holds its annual garden tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. This year there will be eight private and public gardens with great ideas, plants and designs for visitors to see and enjoy. All gardens will be grouped together on the south edge of Marina to allow for less driving. This event is the main fundraiser for the club which supports school gardens in Marina. Get tickets and maps at 211 Hillcrest Ave. at Hillcrest Garden in Marina. For more information, visit marinatreeandgarden.org.


Shared Adventures seeks garden teacher

Shared Adventures, a Santa Cruz nonprofit that provides activities and programs for people with disabilities, is looking for a gardener or two to help lead their weekly gardening program at Common Roots Farm near Pogonip. Gardeners would have access to a large flower bed in a beautiful setting to teach basic gardening techniques to a small group of participants for 1.5 hours a day from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Small allowance offered. Contact [email protected]


Master Gardeners is hosting an online spring plant sale

UC’s Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties hold their annual Spring Plant Sale through Sunday. Garden-ready summer vegetables include greens, lettuces, onions, peppers, squash, and heirloom and hard-to-find varieties of tomatoes. Our spring collection includes several types of basil and culinary varieties of popular cooking herbs for recipes and summer teas. Drought-tolerant and water-friendly plants, such as California natives and succulents, will also be available in our online store, as well as annual and perennial pollinating plants to add biodiversity and attract beneficial insects. in your garden. Place your order online and schedule a pickup appointment at our greenhouse in Salinas. All funds benefit the all-volunteer UC Master Gardener Program, which offers a gardening helpline, events, and seasonal classes designed to educate our local home gardening community with research-based sustainable landscape practices. To order, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.


UC master gardeners schedule vermicomposting classes

UC Master Gardener Bridget Matz will be teaching “Vermiculture: Composting with Worms” from 5-6:30 p.m. May 4. This is a free online course that will teach you how to turn food scraps into a valuable resource for your garden and grow your recycling. efforts. Vermiculture is natural homemade compost for seedlings, potted plants and vegetable gardens.

“Backyard Worm Composting” will be taught in person at the Watsonville Demonstration Garden from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 7 at UC Cooperative Extension, 1430 Freedom Blvd., Suite E, Watsonville. The hands-on workshop will use a combination of informal lectures and hands-on hands-on activities to learn how to get or build a worm bin, where to get worms to start with, how to maintain it as well as tips on harvesting and using your resulting compost. We will send you a list of materials to bring if you want to build your own worm bin to take home. There is a small fee and a class limit of 30 participants. To register for either or both courses, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu


Monterey Bay Rose Society puts on a show

The Monterey Bay Rose Society will host the 41st Annual Rose Show from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Aladdin Nursery, at the corner of Freedom Boulevard and Corralitos Road. See and smell hundreds of beautiful roses, ask your questions to rose experts, join our company and buy roses. Enjoy the music, food, wine and vendors who share this fabulous kick-off to spring. For more information about the show and the Rose Society, visit montereybayrosesociety.org.


Common Roots Farm is holding a spring plant sale

On Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Roots Farm will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale, just in time for Mother’s Day. The flowers and vegetables are grown by farmers with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other disabilities, and your support helps everyone learn and grow together. In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, all moms will receive a free small sunflower plant from Common Roots. Some of the plants featured in our sale are strawberries, raspberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, dahlias and much more. The farm is located at 301 Golf Club Drive, Santa Cruz. For more information, visit commonrootsfarm.org


Birdsong Orchards is open for the U-Pick Rose season

Birdsong Orchards cultivates over 500 roses, deeply fragrant, lush and in every color. Varieties include hybrid tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, David Austin, Meilland, Kordes in all shades of the rose rainbow, with new varieties added every year. Unlike all other rose gardens, you can smell them, then cut and fill your bucket with amazing blooms to take home. A bucket with water and a clipper are provided. To view photos of the roses and to make an appointment for picking, visit birdsongorchards.com.


Permaculture hosts an ecological workshop

Indigenous peoples have maintained forests using fire since time immemorial. Today, in the face of fire suppression and catastrophic wildfires, it has become imperative to act as communities to sustain the world’s forests. Indian Canyon Nation, EcoCamp Coyote, and Sudden Oak Life are collaborating on a three-day intensive workshop titled “Fire Mimicry and Traditional Ecological Knowledge,” May 13-15 at Indian Canyon, Hollister. The event will feature Kanyon Sayers Roods (Indian Canyon Nation, Mutton Ohlone), Tom “Little Bear” Nason (Esselen Tribe President Monterey County), Leo Lauchere (EcoCamp Coyote) and Lee Klinger (Sudden Oak Life). For more information and to register, visit santacruzpermaculture.com.


Learn more about tomatoes at Love Apple

Registration is open for several Love Apple Farms workshops, including Tomato Masters on May 28 taught by Cynthia Sandberg, owner of LAF and co-founder of the World Tomato Society. Other upcoming classes, all held at 5311 Scotts Valley Drive, include Summer Vegetable Gardening on May 14 or May 29. Sign up at growbetterveggies.com. Call 831-588-3801 for details.

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar, including events, meetings, resources or anything garden related, email [email protected]


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