Home & Garden

Learning from a garden’s living classroom

PG&E funded the construction of the shade structure, which was built by volunteers and is used specifically to provide an outdoor seating area for environmental education programs.
PG&E funded the construction of the shade structure, which was built by volunteers and is used specifically to provide an outdoor seating area for environmental education programs.

Named for the series of mountains visible in the distance, Garden of the Seven Sisters occupies a gently sloping half-acre adjacent to the University of California Cooperative Extension office. The garden is designed and maintained as a living classroom and working laboratory to teach the home gardener sustainable, science-based gardening practices.

The sizes of the garden displays are created for the urban backyard. A small kitchen garden display shows how successive plantings in a limited space can provide a remarkable variety and plentiful supply of vegetables all year round.

The orchard demonstrates how two or three fruit trees, planted in a single hole, can maximize use of limited space and lengthen the season of harvest. The garden also provides a variety of droughttolerant ornamental plants, including many California natives that attract birds, bees, and butterflies.

Another garden display presents exotic looking cacti and succulents. Other exhibits provide water conservation practices, drought tolerant groundcovers for lawn replacement, plant propagation, and an area designed to help school teachers incorporate gardening practices into their daily lesson plans.

The Garden of the Seven Sisters contains an outdoor classroom where Master Gardeners present free public workshops and training sessions to teach home gardeners application of gardening practices. A regular workshop called Advice to Grow By is usually conducted on the third Saturday of each month except December, while other teaching sessions occur periodically throughout the year. This year’s Advice to Grow By schedule will include the following presentations:

Jan. 21 — Winter Pruning of Fruit Trees

Feb. 18 — Rain Garden and Water Management

Mar. 17— Rodent Control

Apr. 21— Plant Propagation

May 19— Blooms, Birds, and Butterflies

June 16 — Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees and Thinning of Grapes

Jul. 21 — Fire safe Landscaping

Aug. 18 — Annual Tomato Extravaganza

Sep. 15 — Turf Replacement

Oct. 20 — TBA

Nov. 17 — Preparing for Winter

December — No workshop planned

You can view this schedule and also sign up for email notification of Master Gardener events by going to http://ucanr.org/sites/mgslo and clicking on “Workshops & Event Information.” See you in the garden!

  Comments