Welcome to UC Master Gardeners of Nevada County
Nevada County gardens vary widely. Elevations range from 1,000 to 4,000 feet. Soil types are red clay, serpentine, sandy loam, forest loam or something in-between. Generally acidic, soils may lack necessary nutrients and organic matter. Some gardens are below the snowline, while others are often covered with snow and may have frozen soil for an extended time. We know that “One size does not fit all.” Gardening in Nevada County is unlike gardening elsewhere and it is not the same throughout the county. Master Gardeners are here to provide home gardeners in Nevada County with science-based information, whatever their gardening conditions.
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News from Our Demonstration Garden
Come visit the Demonstration Garden at 1036 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, on the NID grounds. If you would like to schedule a group tour led by a Master Gardener, please call our Hotline office (530) 273-0919.
For several years a young fig tree has been leaning against the sagging wire fence at the entrance to the orchard. At the beginning of summer our skilled Master Gardener builder created a new lattice trellis for it as a part of the improved fencing. We like to think the fig’s tasty crop in late August was a reward—but perhaps it was just that the fig had matured enough to start producing well.
We were all surprised this year when the new All-Stars bed in the Cottage Garden burst into dramatic bloom. Plants that were moved from elsewhere in the garden apparently loved the enriched soil and they doubled their effort to put on a show. The 3-foot shrub of Lynn’s Everblooming Texas Sage (Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Lynn’s Legacy’) drew our attention from afar with its vivid blossoms. Next to it the blue Dwarf Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbagonoides) and the pink Dwarf Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys ‘Namum’) made colorful groundcovers. The mound of ‘Purple Dome’ Michaelmas Daisy (Aster novae-angliae ‘purple dome’) was covered with buds, ready to add its glory. These plants are truly stars in our garden.