2014 SMAS Educational Events

FREE to the public on the first Sunday of each month.  All programs are held at the Kohl Pumphouse in San Mateo Central Park.  Enter at 9th & Palm Avenues.

Sunday Master Gardener Plant Clinics: May 4, June 1, July 13 (skip July 6 because of July 4 weekend), Aug 3, Sept (no clinic, tentative garden tour), Oct 5, Nov 2.    Come anytime between 11:30am – 1pm. FREE
The Master Gardeners are available to answer your questions from general information to advice about specific problems.  You may bring samples  of your plants for better diagnosis.  Use a Ziploc or similar bag to carry your sample.  If you suspect insect damage, try to include some of the insects so they can be correctly identified.  http://ucanr.org/sites/MGsSMSF/

Sunday Garden Seminars:
May 4, 1 – 2:30pm A Common Sense Approach to Healthy Plants FREE
Nothing is more satisfying than having your own fruit and vegetables and a beautiful garden. How can a healthy garden be best achieved? Can diseases and pests be avoided? Understanding a bit about why pests attack plants can help us figure out what to do when things don’t go as planned.
Speaker, Ann Northrop has a master’s degree in Plant Pathology from UC Berkeley.  www.gardendiagnostic.com

June 1, 1 – 2:30pm. Herbs in the Garden, Herbs in the Kitchen FREE
Herbs have become very popular in recent days.  They are easy to grow, are an excellent attraction for beneficial insects, and most herbs are drought tolerant.  Come join us and we will show you how to plant, maintain, harvest and use your wonderful herbs.
Speakers:  Master Gardeners Cindy Morris& Kathy Fleming.

August 3, 1 – 2:30pm. “The Plant Recipe Book” Demo and Book Signing FREE
Join us for a special afternoon event with Baylor Chapman, where she’ll demonstrate a series of gorgeous arrangements from her book. With “The Plant Recipe Book” you’ll be utterly inspired to create your own dramatic, elegant, and long-lasting arrangements.
Lila B Designs: www.lilabdesign.com


Additional Events:

Nursery/Greenhouse Plant Sales – Back to normal hours!
Open Tuesday, Thursday: 10am – 2:00pm.  Sunday: 10am-Noon

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

Coming soon – Ikebana (Japanese) Flower Arranging.  (4-Week Courses)
Tuesdays, May 6-27; June 3-24, 1 – 3:30pm

In the peaceful setting of the San Mateo Arboretum, new and continuing students use  fresh floral materials to design arrangements in the artistic Japanese style. Students learn ikebana design principles and techniques using floral materials provided by instructor. $120/4 week course.  Advance registration required, call Nancy Locke (home) at (650) 340-9647.  www.ikebana-nancy.com