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. And, Master Gardeners offer a number of workshops and events to achieve this goal.
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News from the Demonstration Garden
The Demonstration Garden at 1036 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, (on the NID grounds) offers a wonderful variety of plant venues. Including an orchard and oak habitat, the Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden offers visible learning opportunities for the public. Check out the map of the garden: Demonstration Garden Map.
If you would like to schedule a group tour led by a Master Gardener, please call our Hotline office (530) 273-0919.
Fall Color in the Demonstration Garden
Once again as the season changes a stroll through the garden reveals many colors. The cycle of growth and seed production is not over yet and as we look around, we think about what we have learned and what we are accomplishing in the various areas of the garden. Our new leadership is full of ideas for our continued effort.
In the cooler temperatures of fall, figs, tomatoes and peppers slow their production, but their rich colors remind us of the abundance we appreciated last summer. We marvel at a huge tomato nestled in the leaves of a towering tomato plant in the rich soil of the new container bed.
California Fuchsia has burst into bloom in the Oak Habitat, beckoning hummingbirds and several species of bees. Careful observation confirms that large carpenter bees do indeed pierce the blooms near the stem to get at the nectar. Honey bees, on the other hand, crawl as far as they can into the open end of the flower to lap the nectar. As they wiggle around, they pollinate the bloom, whereas the carpenter bee’s method bypasses the exerted stigma, thus failing to provide pollination.
Lavender, Butterfly Bush and roses continue to bloom in the container beds, and bright yellow chrysanthemums light up the disabled garden. Nearby fresh herbs stimulate thoughts of tasty recipes, combined with peppers and the last of the tomatoes.
The stonecrop, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, lives up to its name as it echoes the hues of the season. It grows at the base of the memorial tower holding plaques that honor deceased Master Gardeners who have given so much love and nurture to the Demonstration Garden. We hope they would be proud of the way the garden has evolved through the years since the 1980s.
Announcing 2018 Public Workshops!
Plan It! Gardening 12 Months a Year
Making More Plants: Propagating Hardwood Cuttings
Wasps of Nevada County: Friend, Foe or Both?
Native Plants Have a Lot to Offer in Your Garden