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: Feb 2, 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:
Dec 8, 9:15 am & 11 am (1 hour each session): Wreath Making Workshop. Greens, frame & ribbon will be supplied. Bring your imagination, pruning shears & gloves. By using colorful greens and cuttings from 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. (650) 574-1677 or 574-4811. Fee: SMAS members $15/wreath; nonmembers $25/wreath.
January 5, 1 – 3pm. Rose Pruning Symposium: Norma Bennett: Free, but reservations required.
SMAS rose expert, Norma Bennett, will teach you how to shape your rose bushes to encourage beautiful profuse flowering with winter pruning and proper care. This is a free hands on program in which you will have the opportunity to prune a container rose. If you want to take a plant home, there will be a charge of only $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Bring pruning shears and gloves. Space is limited. Reservations required. (650) 574-1677, (650) 579-0536 x3. A very special Thank You to Wegman’s Nursery & Central Garden Center for donating the roses for this event. Please support our sponsors. Arboretum members receive a discount on purchases at these nurseries.
February 2, 1 – 2:30pm. Camellias: Queen of the Winter Garden. Free
Gene Fleet’s presentation, Pruning, Potting, and Planting Camellias in your Garden, will help experts and novices alike. He will discuss how camellias can be part of your garden, either large or small, and will give you tips to successfully grow this Queen of the Winter Garden. http://camelliasfpcs.org
March 2, 1 – 2:30pm. Fundamentals of Water-Wise Gardening with Deva Luna. Free
Deva Luna, a Master Gardener, will discuss basic water-saving gardening techniques including plant selection and placement, proper irrigation, soil preparation, and design. Deva is horticulturalist & principal designer of Earthcare Landscaping, a sustainable landscaping business. www.earthcareland.com. Sponsored by the Bay Area Water Service Conservation Agency. www.bawsca.org.
April 6: (Easter Sunday falls on April 20, 2014): To be determined
May 4, 1 – 2:30pm. A Common Sense Approach to Healthy Plants. Free
June 1, 1 – 2:30pm. Cooking with Herbs From Your Garden. Free
Master Gardeners Cindy Morris & Kathy Fleming.
Saturday, January 11,10 am – noon. Free. Help Prune Central Park’s Rose Garden. Come to learn or share your expertise on how to prune roses. Dress warmly and bring pruning shears and gloves. Heavy rain cancels. This is a free event in which you will contribute to the beautification of San Mateo’s beloved rose garden. No experience is necessary. Volunteers from the San Mateo Arboretum Society will be on hand to instruct beginners. Dress warmly and bring pruning shears and gloves.
Nursery/Greenhouse Plant Sales:
Open Tuesday, Thursday: 10am – 12pm (Winter Hours). Sunday: 10am-Noon except first Sunday of the month 10am-3pm.
Become a SMAS member and receive a 10% discount in addition to supporting San Mateo Central Park!