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.
Spring Plant Sale - Saturday, May 13th
Plan to attend the annual sale from 9am to noon at the Demonstration Garden at the NID Business grounds, 1036 W. Main St. Cash and checks only. Plan to arrive early for best selection!
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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.
When seeking winter beauty in the garden, we often find it in the structure of leafless branches and textures of bark. Rarely thinking of blossoms in January, there are surprises as we wander through the garden. On the propagation bench in the distance, there is a single winter iris blooming in a pot! Next to it the Forsythia hardwood cuttings, started in early January, are filled with leaf buds - we hope roots are growing, and we notice the interesting hollow stems.
Following along the path to the Oak Habitat, Silk Tassel is decorated with dangling buds ready to burst forth with small pollen-loaded blossoms, like beads on a string. The large Sentinel Manzanita is filled with clusters of pink urn-shaped flowers. Winter isn’t over, but these early bloomers tell us that spring renewal is coming.
Weeds are also signs of impending spring. With the abundant winter rains, they started growing along the edges of the pathways, but the sheet mulching in the orchard has proved its value in keeping down unwanted growth there. In spite of heavy rain, there have been enough sunny days for the orchard team to dormant spray and winter prune. The old Silver Logan peach tree, the variety with the best-tasting white peach, has continued to produce in spite of decayed wood. Major surgery was performed with a chainsaw, and the tree actually looks more in balance without its heavy, sprawling limb. The tree will survive for another few years. The 2-year-old Silver Logan planted nearby in January 2015 will be ready to take over when the giant succumbs. This is an example of continuity in the garden. We give our plants on-going care, and they give us beauty and much satisfaction as we watch their growth. The seasons are well marked with plant blooms, the fruit and the leaves they shed.
Western Nevada County Gardening Guide
2017 Public Workshops & Events
Spring Plant Sale on May 13th!!
Good Bugs in the Garden: For Kids and Parents, Too!