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.

Master Gardener Plant Clinics are scheduled for March 1, April 12, May 3, June 7, July 12, August 2, October 4 & November 1. Come anytime between 11:30 am – 1 pm. 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. www.ucanr.org/sites/MGsSMSF/

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. Led by Alane Weber. Sponsored by the Bay Area Water Service Conservation Agency. www.bawsca.org

Extended hours for the Nursery/Greenhouse this Sunday, March 1, 10am – 3pm!
Our greenhouse & nursery stock a variety of unique plants at very reasonable prices. Become a SMAS member and receive a 10% discount in addition to supporting San Mateo Central Park! Normal Greenhouse hours are Tuesday, Thursday, 10am – 2pm & Sunday, 10am – noon. We try to maintain these hours, but since we are staffed by volunteers, we may occasionally be closed, so call 579-0536 before coming.

Fairy Garden Workshop
Sunday, April 12, 1 – 2:30pm

Fee: SMAS members $20/garden; nonmembers $25/garden.
Reservations are required, so call 650-579-0536 x3 or 650-787-1558.
Do you have a fondness for the wee folks, fairies, elves, and gnomes? Join us for a workshop to build them a container garden so they might visit. We will provide dish garden containers, a few miniature plants and mosses plus some materials for playing and resting. This is a family friendly Sunday activity and each child must bring an adult. Taught by SMAS volunteer Carrie Ewing.

Pruning your Japanese Maple
Sunday, May 3, 1 – 2:30pm

FREE. The method of this pruning demonstration is a hands on demonstration of how to thin, shape, recanopy and frame a japanese maple to compliment it’s inherent beauty. The branching and leaf patterns of these trees is perfect material for living sculpture. Using the correct tools is extremely important. The demonstration will show tools to use, techniques for using them and sharpening tips on how to keep them in top shape. Jack McKinnon, www.jackthegardencoach.com

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