Home & Garden Digest – Santa Cruz Sentinel


Arboretum offers free admission

The USCS Arboretum offers free admission once a month on the first Tuesday. For directions and more information, visit arboretum.ucsc.edu.


Seed Saving class offered

UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties offers free and low-cost gardening classes, serving Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. An in-person class is from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, limited to 15 participants, at the UC Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, Watsonville.  The native wildflower field at the UC Master Gardener Demonstration Garden is full of seeds that can be shared with the community. There will be will demonstrations with plants in season such as Seaside Daisy, Coast Buckwheat, Toyon and Blue-Eyed Grass. Learn the basics of collecting, cleaning and storing seeds. You will also learn how to make your own seed packets from recycled paper or origami paper so that you can have an endless supply of packets in any size that you desire. Finally, we will discuss starting seeds directly in the ground and sowing seeds in pots. This class has a small fee. To register, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.


Rose Society Holds Work Meeting

Members and guests of the Monterey Bay Rose Society are invited to meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 7 to help prepare the Santa Cruz County Fair Gardens for the September County Fair. This meeting is a potluck and working meeting; bring gloves and hand tools. To join the Rose Society visit montereybayrosesociety.org. For information about the work event, call 831-476-1381.


UC Master Gardeners Opens Applications for 2022

The UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties are a group of over 140 volunteers who plan, organize, and implement a broad range of educational programs for the home gardeners in our area. We enjoy the creativity of developing rewarding educational activities, the camaraderie of working together toward common goals, and the appreciation from other gardeners as they learn new skills and information. Applications to become a Master Gardener are open now through September 30 to join the 15 week class starting January 2022.  To read about the class and application process visit mbmg.ucanr.edu. For specific questions, email classmanagement@ucmgmb.org


Birdsong Orchards Announces Stone Fruit Season

Birdsong Orchards of Watsonville is harvesting heirloom plums peaches and apricots. They are selling “Summer of Joy” subscription  boxes or online pickups at the farm on weekends. To order, visit birdsongorchards.com

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar including events, meetings, resources, or anything garden related, email sentinelhomeandgarden@gmail.com.

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