Looking for gardens in San Mateo, Hillsborough & Burlingame
Are you proud of your garden? Have you created something beautiful & water wise? Judges from the San Mateo Arboretum Society want to see your garden. If selected, your garden may be honored by being included in the garden tour.
The San Mateo Arboretum Society 2015 Garden Tour is now rescheduled for May/June 2016. The tour generally includes gardens in Hillsborough, San Mateo and Burlingame.
We make an effort to have a wide range of gardens, from pocket to estate. This year we are especially interested in gardens that feature sustainable practices, conserve water and/or offer interesting educational opportunities. Brown lawns, sheet mulched lawns, water-wise plantings, edibles, grey water systems, etc. all are welcome!
If you have a garden to suggest or would like more information, please contact Susan Carder. If you are not able to participate, do you know a landscape designer or homeowner who has an appropriate garden?
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, 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.
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, 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.