Welcome to UC Master Gardeners of Nevada County
Free Online Gardening Classes
June 27, 2020 Weeds: The Good-The Bad-The Ugly
June 13, 2020 Garden Makeover: From Lawn to Landscape
To access recordings, click "Online Workshops and Videos" link from the menu at the left.
Do you have a question about gardening? Click here to find out how to reach us.
- This has been a difficult situation for many, but due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus, the ensuing safety recommendations, and closure of the Elks Lodge, and the NID grounds, our public workshops have been canceled through June.
- The much-anticipated release of the updated Western Sierra Foothill Garden Guide will be delayed until further notice. We will be sending out notifications as soon as possible to “launch” our new book!
- However, the Master Gardeners and Friends radio program will air live on KNCO, 830 on the AM dial on Saturdays from 10am to noon. This is a call-in program, so plan a call to speak with a Master Gardener, and ask your home gardening questions during that time. The number to call at the KNCO studio is 530-477-5626.
- The Veterans Memorial Building is closed, therefore so is the Master Gardener office. Since our office is closed, the Hotline will also be on hold until Master Gardeners are able to get into the office to staff the phone.
- However, for your garden questions, there is a “Got Questions?” link on this website, where you may ask your question electronically. It also allows photos, so if you have a pesky bug you need help identifying, or a mystery plant, email your question with a photo and one of the Master Gardeners will reply as soon as possible.
- Follow us on Facebook! – this is another way to link with Master Gardeners. Questions can also be posted on the Facebook page (UCCE Master Gardeners of Nevada County).
News from the Demonstration Garden
The Demonstration Garden at 1036 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, (on the NID grounds) is currently closed. We hope you'll come visit once the garden is open!
SPRING IN THE DEMO GARDEN
After a dry winter, we’re hoping for many April showers. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait until May for flowers.
We start looking near the end of January. Sentinel manzanita, Red Hot Poker, Oregon Grape and Silk Tassel highlight the garden. Next the fruit trees put on a dramatic show, although we noticed a scarcity of honey bees. Perhaps they will increase as the season progresses. Some native insects were busy pollinating, so perhaps there will be a good harvest. The various colors of pollen in the fruit blossoms are fascinating—brown on the nectarine, yellow on peaches, plums and apples, and pink and red on Asian pears. A bee on the nectarine had a pollen sac full of brown pollen!
Soon cheery daffodils and the lovely magenta saucer magnolia have taken center stage. Poppies started blooming the second week of March and some of the blueberries were in bloom. Spring renewal is ongoing, and we need to visit the garden regularly, not to miss a moment of excitement. Of course, we also need to visit to pull weeds and groom the garden beds, which are mundane tasks made easier when we contemplate the beauty of spring unfolding.
Our new hoop house is proving it's value as we continue to propagate plants! Constructing it was a big project, and now we are wondering about the next big project. Master Gardeners already have some ideas, and the year is young. In the meantime, let’s head back to the garden to see what is blooming now.
Live Virtual Workshops
More virtual online programs coming soon:
Container Gardening - Date to be arranged
Seed Saving - August 1st
Seed to Vase - August 15th
Compost is a Gardener's Best Friend - August 22nd
Soil-Building Workshop - October 31st
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