Home & Garden Digest – Santa Cruz Sentinel
The Arboretum offers early opening hours
Become a member or volunteer at the UC Arboretum and participate in the special sunrise hours on June 19. Bring your membership card for check-in at the front door. The early mornings are a wonderful time in the gardens, ideal for photography, bird watching and the quiet enjoyment of nature.
For more information on joining or volunteering, visit arboretum.ucsc.edu and click on ‘events’.
The Agroecology Center offers a free conference on citrus fruits
The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems offers a free virtual conference on citrus cultivation. In this conference, attendees will discover the best citrus varieties (lemons, limes, oranges, mandarins, etc.) for the Monterey Bay region; how to select and prepare a planting site; how to plant; and how to irrigate, fertilize, prune and control pests and diseases in a range of citrus fruits.
The workshop instructor is Orin Martin, UCSC Garden Director Alan Chadwick. Martin has been teaching and writing about organic gardening for over 35 years. To register, go to casfs.ucsc.edu.
Master Gardeners organize free virtual lessons
Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay hosts several courses and events in June. Take part in an edible plants / container class from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on June 22. UC Master Gardeners Anastatia Foster and Delise Weir will explore container types and sizes, potting mixes and amendments, light and water requirements to support a thriving container garden. June 30 is “Grow a Hummingbird Garden”. Find out which plants attract and support these amazing birds by providing them with continuous flowering all year round, as well as native “dual-use” plants that support our native insects.
For more information and to register, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.
The olive berries are in the Prevadelli farms
Visit prevedellifarms.com to see the selection of organic berries available to order online and pick up at Corralitos Farm or at several local farmers’ markets. There are also Logan blackberries, Boysen blackberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Pajaro Valley Arts presents “Sculpture Is”
Visit the Sierra Azul Nursery and Garden to see over 100 jury-selected sculptures created by 42 local artists and collaborators. At 2660 East Lake Ave., Watsonville, Sierra Azul has a 2 acre demonstration garden perfect for relaxing with a picnic under the umbrellas. Social distancing and masks may be required. The exhibition runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until October 31.
The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar, including events, meetings, resources, or anything related to the garden, send an email to [email protected]