Saturday, April 18, 2015
(10:00 am - 3:00 pm) Making the Harvest Last by Preserving What You’ve Grown, and Saving Seeds City: Walnut Creek Description: This workshop will review the elements of ecology that are fundamental to healthy land management—be it the home garden, urban farm, or other landscape—in a sustainable way. Seed-saving is one of the most important of all of the sustainable gardening practices.
During this workshop you will learn the mechanics of saving seeds and the social and political importance of doing so. We’ll review the basics of botany, and plant and pollinator relationships will be discussed. Registrants will propagate plants by divisions and cuttings and take home the results of this exercise.
Judy will also discuss juicing, dehydrating, and other sorts of food preservation.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
(10:00 am - 3:00 pm) “Mow no Mo’!” or “How to remove your lawn (and get paid for it, too!) sheet mulching workshop” City: Livermore Description: Are you tired of mowing and edging your lawn, or for paying to have that done for you? Wouldn’t it be great to save money on your water bill? Wish you could quit with the herbicides? Would you like to have a beautiful, water-conserving garden that attracts wildlife? If so, “Mow no Mo!” is the workshop for you.
In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to remove your lawn, select native plants, and design a water-conserving, pesticide-free garden that attracts wildlife. Most importantly, you’ll have the hands-on experience of sheet-mulching a lawn, and you’ll depart confident that you can do this at home.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
(10:00 am - 3:00 pm) Come and see how native plants can attract wildlife and beautify your garden! City: Fremont Description: The native plant garden at the SFBNWR shows how native plants can attract wildlife and beautify your yard. Join us for a short walk 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m to view native plants and learn about the wildlife they attract. The walk will feature the garden in front of the Visitor’s Center, and along parts of the Tidelands Trail, if there is time.
Native plants with showy flowers include buckwheat, wild lilac, and sages. This garden provides shelter and food for hummingbirds, golden- and white-crowned sparrows, cedar waxwings, bees, and butterflies.
The plants you see in the garden are easily obtainable and easy to grow. Come learn how to transform your own garden into a haven for wildlife!