2015 SMAS Events and Educational Classes

All programs listed below are held at the Kohl Pumphouse in San Mateo Central Park.  Enter at 9th & Palm Avenues, follow path to iron dog statue.  Go through white gates to the left of the statue, and the Pumphouse is behind the Victorian fountain.

Sunday Garden Seminars are FREE to the public on the first Sunday of each month (except September). 

Rose Pruning Symposium
Sunday, January 11, 1 – 3 pm

FREE, but reservations required.  SMAS rose expert, Norma Bennett will teach you how to shape your rose bushes to encourage beautiful profuse flowering with winter pruning and proper care.  This is a free hands on program in which you will have the opportunity to prune a container rose.  If you want to take a plant home, there will be a charge of only $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers.  Bring pruning shears and gloves.  Space is limited.  Reservations required (650) 574-1677, (650) 579-0536 x3.

Help Prune Central Park’s Rose Garden
Saturday, January 17, 10 am – noon

FREE. Come to learn or share your expertise on how to prune roses.  This is a free event in which you will contribute to the beautification of San Mateo’s beloved rose garden.  No experience is necessary.  Volunteers from the San Mateo Arboretum Society will be on hand to instruct beginners.  Dress warmly and bring pruning shears and gloves.  Heavy rain cancels.

Pruning Fruit Trees for Maximum Flavor
Sunday, February 8, 1 – 2:30 pm

FREE.  We will discuss, illustrate and practice pruning for maximum flavor.  Bring your pruning shears.  We will also discuss fertilization and irrigation practices to improve flavor.  Terrence Welch is a consultant, manager and farmer for 3 organic orchards and many backyards.
Backyard Orchards (831) 479-8733

Understanding Drought Tolerant Plants
Sunday, March 1, 1 – 2:30 pm

FREE.  There is a reason that some plants use water more efficiently.  Learn about plants’ secret methods for conserving water and surviving droughts, developed over tens of thousands of years in Mediterranean-like climates like ours.  Then learn how to plant, care for and train them to fulfill their genetic destiny of being water-wise.  Alane Weber.  Sponsored by the Bay Area Water Service Conservation Agency.  www.bawsca.org

Nursery/Greenhouse * Plant Sales

Open Tuesday, Thursday: 10am – 2:00pm.  Sunday: 10am-Noon
Ph. (650) 579-0536

* Become an SMAS member and receive a 10% discount in addition to supporting San Mateo Central Park

SMAS members receive a 10% discount