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Going native: Discover the secrets of successful winter gardening

“Here's flowers for you; hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram” - William Shakespeare

As our holiday season approaches, these words from A Winter’s Tale remind us how fortunate we are to live in a place where we can garden all year long.

The upcoming Master Gardener’s Advice To Grow By workshop will cover the flowers and plants we should think about planting as our seasonal rains approach. These include many California native perennials such as Ceanothus, Spice Bush, and California Fuchsia.

The free Advice to Grow by workshop will be held in the demonstration garden adjacent to the UC Cooperative Extension Office at 2156 Sierra Way, from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 20.

The first hour of the workshop will cover the secret of successful gardening with native plants on the Central Coast — putting the right plant in the right place at the right time of year; and the what’s and how’s of low maintenance, sustainable plantings that thrive in our Mediterranean climate and in the wide variety of micro-climates we have from our coastal areas to our mountain foothills.

The second hour will include a demonstration of how to make a holiday wreath from evergreens and rosemary. The workshop will also cover other materials suitable for wreath making, and the tools, tips and techniques for easy and fun assembly.

Come learn and enjoy, and take home the knowledge of how to plant, grow, and use some our favorite perennials.