Home & Garden Digest – Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ

Shared Adventures seeks garden teachers

Shared Adventures, a Santa Cruz non-profit that provides activities and programs for those with disabilities, is looking for one or two gardeners to help lead their weekly garden program at Common Roots Farm near Pogonip. Gardeners would have access to a large garden bed in a beautiful setting to teach basic gardening techniques to a small group of participants 1.5 hours per day from 11 am to 12:30 pm on Thursdays. A small stipend is also provided. Contact darylwise1@gmail.com.

WATSONVILLE

Birdsong Orchards opens for U-Pick Roses

Birdsong Orchards will open for U-Pick Rose season on Saturday. They are growing more than 500 roses, deeply fragrant, lush and in every color. Varieties include hybrid tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, David Austin, Meilland, Kordes in every shade of the rose rainbow, with new varieties added every year. You can smell them, and then cut and fill your bucket with amazing blooms to take home. Bucket with water and clippers are provided. To see photos of the roses and to make an appointment to pick, visit birdsongorchards.com.

SANTA CRUZ

UC Master Gardeners holds online Spring Plant Sale

The UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties are holding their annual Spring Plant Sale through May 1. Garden-ready summer vegetables include greens, lettuces, onions, peppers, squash and heirloom and hard-to-find varieties of tomatoes. Our spring collection features several types of basils and culinary varieties of popular kitchen herbs for summer recipes and teas. Drought-tolerant and water-wise plants, such as California natives and succulents, will also be available in our online store, along with annual and perennial pollinator plants to add biodiversity and attract beneficial insects to your garden. Place your order online and schedule a pick up appointment at our greenhouse in Salinas. All funds benefit the all-volunteer UC Master Gardener program, which offers a gardening help line, events and seasonal classes designed to educate our local home gardening community with research-based, sustainable landscape practices. For more plant sale information, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.

WATSONVILLE

Succulent Society holds spring sale

The Monterey Bay Cactus and Succulent Society will hold their annual plant show and sale from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday. There will be hundreds of varieties of cactus and succulents and vendors will be able to answer questions. Discover new, unique and common succulents and cactus to add to your collection, or help you start a collection, or give you ideas for gifts. Bring a box to carry your purchases. Entry and parking are free and lots of vendors and other succulent lovers will be available to help you choose plants to fit your environment or meet your needs. New plants are put out all day long. The whole section will be presented with “show” plants from members, and will be judged by experts in the categories in the Schedule, for you to look at and learn about. Visit mbsucculent.org for more information and to join the Society.

LIVE OAK

Santa Cruz Garden exchange meets in April

Join local gardeners to give away and receive free plant items from 8-9 am Saturday. All are encouraged to bring volunteers, seeds, bulbs, cuttings, or anything else from your garden to give away. You need not bring anything in order to receive. The Exchange is in the Live Oak Grange parking lot, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. For private anytime trades join the Santa Cruz Garden Exchange Facebook Group.

WATSONVILLE

UC Master Gardeners holds spring classes

Join a Zoom class on Container Gardening from 5-6:30 pm April 27. Home gardeners with small spaces, balconies or large yards can enjoy growing plants in a variety of vessels. UC Master Gardeners Sue Procter and Anastatia Foster will cover container types and sizes, potting soils and amendments, light and water requirements, pruning and integrated pest management techniques to support a thriving container garden. Whether you are growing food or ornamental plants, singular specimens, mass plantings or trees, this class will cover the keys to keeping your potted plants flourishing.

A companion class will be in person from 10 am-12 pm April 30 at UC Extension, 1430 Freedom Blvd., Suite E, Watsonville. Join master gardeners Anastatia Foster and Sue Procter in the UC Master Gardener Demonstration Garden for plenty of hands-on opportunities to “dig in” and learn by doing. This class will incorporate lecture and experiential learning as attendees rotate through varied stations with the guidance of master gardeners to gain mastery of container gardening. You’ll heft and select pots, blend potting soils, skillfully handle the foliage and roots of plants in the process of planting them into a container, thoughtfully arrange plants within a pot for show and/or growing function, and add finishing touches of top dressing and watering-in. The class also addresses plant size, color and texture combinations within a container planting and drilling your own drainage holes. To register, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu

WATSONVILLE

Monterey Bay Rose Society holds show

The Monterey Bay Rose Society will hold the 41st Annual Rose from 12-4:30 pm April 30 at Aladdin Nursery, corner of Freedom and Corralitos Road. See and smell hundreds of beautiful roses, ask rose experts your questions, join our society and shop for roses. Enjoy the music, food, wine and vendors sharing in this fabulous kick-off to spring! For more information about the show and the Rose Society, visit montereybayrosesociety.org.

SANTA CRUZ

Common Roots Farm Holds Spring Plant Sale

Common Roots Farm will hold their annual spring plant sale, just in time for Mother’s Day from 10 am to 4 pm May 8 at 301 Golf Club Drive, Santa Cruz. The flower and vegetable starts are grown by farmers living with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and other disabilities, and your support helps everyone learn and grow together. In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, all moms will receive a small sunflower plant complimentary of Common Roots. Some of the plants featured in our sale are strawberries, raspberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, dahlias and much more! Visit CommonRootsfarm.org.

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar including events, meetings, resources, or anything garden related, email sentinelhomeandgarden@gmail.com.