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: Mar 2, April 6, 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/
Sunday Garden Seminars:
April 6, 1 – 2:30PM Orchids De-Mystified FREE
Learn about what makes orchids different from most other plants, and how they are actually very easy to grow in the home. Simple pointers about environment and easy care requirements can help you add orchids as some of the most fascinating and rewarding plants in your collection.
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.
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