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, July 12

Master Gardener Plant Clinics
11:30 – 1pm FREE

Scheduled for 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. http://smsf-mastergardeners.ucanr.org/

Soil Fertility for Growing Organic Fruit Trees
1 – 2:30pm FREE

Terrence Welch will discuss: the nuts and bolts of taking a soil sample and analyzing the results; the role of organic matter in soil fertility and how to increase it; how to grow sweeter fruit and a healthier fruit tree thru soil fertility. Some additional timely topics will be: good low chill fruit varieties for our new low winter chill climate; how to save water and keep your fruit trees alive and summer pruning of fruit trees. Terrence Welch is a consultant, manager and farmer for 3 organic orchards and many backyards.

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

Sunday, August 2

Laundry to Landscape Graywater
1 – 2:30pm FREE

Learn how you can simply and safely reuse water from sinks, showers and washing machines to irrigate plants. Christina Bertes will discuss residential graywater reuse and will demonstrate how to construct a “laundry to landscape” graywater system. Sponsored by the Bay Area Water Service Conservation Agency.

Sunday, October 4

Choice California Natives for Your Garden
1 – 2:30pm FREE

Go Native, Stay Modern
A color slide presentation of choice California native plants for Bay Area gardens, rendered through a modern lens by Geoffrey Coffey, president of Madrono Landscape Design Studio in San Francisco. Geoff knows how to weave native plants and fine materials through a modern lens, putting color, texture, and aroma into the built landscape. Native plants are wildlife friendly, drought-tolerant, and locally appropriate — not to mention beautiful.

Sunday, November 1

Coexisting Humanely with Urban Wildlife
1 – 2:30pm FREE

Patrick Hogan, Supervisor of Wildlife Care with the Peninsula Humane Society, will discuss his organization’s work and mission and how that relates to local gardeners and home owners dealing with urban wildlife challenges.

Sunday, December 6

Wreath Making Workshop
9:15am & 11am (1 hour each).
Fee: SMAS Members $15/wreath; nonmember $25/wreath.

Reservations are required, so call 650-579-0536 x3 or 650-574-1677
Greens, frame and ribbon will be supplied. Bring your imagination, pruning shears & gloves. By using colorful greens and cuttings from the San Mateo Central Park, you will be able to create a one-of-a-kind beautiful wreath. This is a family activity appropriate for all ages. Space is limited, so call for reservations.