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‘Advice to Grow By’: workshops for the gardener

Mary Bianchi is a UCCE Horticultural Advisor.
Mary Bianchi is a UCCE Horticultural Advisor.

Do you need gardening advice to help you grow a more sustainable garden or landscape?

The University of California Master Gardeners proudly invite you to our inaugural “Advice to Grow By” program. Monthly workshops will be held every third Saturday, beginning Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the newly created Demonstration Garden.

Located at 2156 Sierra Way in San Luis Obispo, immediately north of the UC Cooperative Extension office, the Demonstration Garden is a joint project between the county of San Luis Obispo and the University of California. It provides a living classroom for the community where Master Gardeners can support sustainable landscape practices with the “Advice to Grow By” workshops. Local gardeners will learn from the Master Gardeners as the many projects in the garden are developed.

The Jan. 16 workshop, “Capturing Rain Water in the Landscape,” will demonstrate landscape practices that help to conserve our precious water resources. Sustainable water conservation practices are important activities for San Luis Obispo County gardeners, even as we enjoy our recent rains. We will be demonstrating rain harvesting techniques including rain barrels, and discussing rain gardens for Mediterranean climates and storm water management practices that protect water quality while keeping rain water on the site.

The Feb. 20 workshop will demonstrate orchard design and fruit tree planting techniques. Look for upcoming workshops on designing a kitchen garden and creating raised beds.

Mark those brand new calendars as a reminder to join the Master Gardeners each third Saturday of the month for the advice you need to grow your own sustainable landscape. Whether your garden is large or small, for flowers or food, the Master Gardeners have the help you need.

Follow our “Advice to Grow By” calendar online at http://ucanr.org/slomg.

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