A pleasant outdoor SLO setting, friendly intelligent people, interesting gardening topics, all free of charge it doesn’t get much better than that.
That is why increasing numbers of county residents are regularly attending the monthly Advice to Grow By workshops. These free workshops, presented by the Master Gardeners, are held on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Garden of the Seven Sisters, our new demonstration garden, at 2156 Sierra Way.
The next workshop will be on Sept. 18 when a team of experts will discuss and demonstrate the fascinating techniques of plant propagation.
Propagation is the process by which we can produce a large number of plants from a few parents. Not only is propagation fun and interesting, it provides us with new plants free of charge.
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Propagation can be sexual or asexual. Sexual propagation relies on the union of male and female flower parts to produce a seed which can then be planted. Asexual propagation uses vegetative plant parts, such as roots and stems leaves, to produce new plants. This can be done through cuttings, by separation, division, layering, grafting, and budding. All these techniques will be discussed at the workshop.
At this time of year many plants can benefit from being divided, and proper techniques can insure the largest number of viable new plants. Also, nothing says friendship like sharing part of your garden. Plants you have propagated and cleverly potted can provide perfect holiday gifts.
So, don’t miss this program. Bring a chair and sun protection – and your friends too. They will learn how to increase the numbers of their favorite plants and maybe share them with you as well.