2013 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: June 2, July 7, August 4, Oct 6 & Nov 3
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:
June 2, 1 – 2:30pm. Artistic Succulents in Containers. Free. Linda Roark. Alone or in combination with other plants, succulents make spectacular container arrangements and in your garden. They are the new water-wise darlings of the plant world. Linda will talk about how to create beautiful living tapestries in containers. She will also discuss the different types of succulents, choosing containers, their location, and proper care for assembling a container garden to enhance your backyard. http://www.lindasucculents.com/
July 7, 1-2:30pm: Bring Home the Butterflies, Hummingbirds & Much More! FREE Join Master Gardeners Sylvia Warnes and Pat Sanford as they share ways to convert an outdoor space of any size into a haven for pollinators and people alike. Learn how to select plants that will attract and nourish birds, butterflies and other garden-friendly wildlife species. Use simple techniques to turn your yard into a hub of activity that will delight your senses with flashes of color, the flutter and hum of wings and the songs of birds. We’ll end the presentation with a tour of the Arboretum’s recently installed Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden which illustrates many of the principles that will be covered in the lecture. Sylvia and Pat are both certified Master Gardeners for San Francisco/San Mateo counties and participate in a number of Master Gardener community projects. Sylvia volunteers at Filoli on the Garden Information Desk; and Pat is certified as a Nature Education docent and regularly leads hikes for elementary school classes and others in Filoli’s Nature Preserve.
August 4, 1 – 2:30pm. Veggie Gardening for Fall and Winter. Free. Alane O’Rielly Weber: Master Composter Program Instructor, Professional Organic Gardener & Sustainable Landscape Consultant, Certified Advisor, Soil Foodweb, Inc.
October 6: “Fantastic Bulbs” by Bill the Bulb Baron. Free. Bill lives in Santa Cruz and farms in Moss Landing. He has been hybridizing narcissus and amaryllis for 35 years. He sells them at local farmers markets and by mail order through his website, and will have bulbs for sale after the lecture.
Nov 3, 1 – 2:30pm. Organic/sustainable gardening w/ composting. Free. Alane O’Rielly Weber: Master Composter Program Instructor, Professional Organic Gardener & Sustainable Landscape Consultant, Certified Advisor, Soil Foodweb, Inc.
Dec 1 or 8: Wreath Making Workshop.
Ikebana (Japanese) Flower Arranging. $100/4 week course: Tuesdays, May 14-May 28, 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. Advance registration required, call Nancy Locke (home) at (650) 340-9647
Nursery/Greenhouse Plant Sales:
SPECIAL NOTE: GREENHOUSE CLOSED FOR MOTHERS’ DAY SUNDAY, MAY 12.
Open Tuesday, Thursday: 10am – 2pm. Sunday: 10am-Noon. Become a SMAS member and receive a 10% discount in addition to supporting San Mateo Central Park!