Home & Garden Digest—Santa Cruz Sentinel


Wetlands Watch is hosting a native plant sale

Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting the Spring Native Plant Sale on May 21st from 9am to 1pm. The sale includes many native and drought tolerant home, garden and habitat plant species that attract birds, bees and butterflies. Native plants were grown by Watsonville Wetlands Watch staff, Climate Corps Leadership Institute interns and volunteers, and a selection is now available on the website: watsonvillewetlandswatch.org. You can see current stock and pre-purchase plants, and get more information about these and other native species in the native plant guide on the website. For the best selection, reserve plants and pick them up at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center on top of Pajaro Valley High School’s campus at 500 Harkins Slough Road. Proceeds go directly to support restoration and education work to help Watsonville’s wetlands and community thrive.


Shared Adventures is looking for Gardening Instructors

Shared Adventures, a Santa Cruz non-profit organization that offers activities and programs for people with disabilities, is looking for a gardener or two to lead their weekly gardening program at Common Roots Farm near Pogonip. Gardeners would have access to a large garden bed in a beautiful setting to teach a small group of participants basic gardening techniques for 1.5 hours per day from 11am to 12:30pm. Small grant provided.

Contact darylwise1@gmail.com.


Master gardeners hold virtual greywater course

Gray Water Systems “Laundry-to-Landscape” is a free virtual class taking place on May 19th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. In this Zoom course you will learn how to channel the waste water from your washing machine into your garden to water fruit trees, shrubs, etc. more. Many local water districts offer discounts for these systems as a source of supplemental irrigation water during drought years. Learn how easy it is to install your own low-cost, permit-free greywater reuse system in this course led by UC Master Gardener Stephanie Kister Campbell, a Conservation Analyst in the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. This course includes viewing of a pre-recorded presentation followed by a live question and answer session with Campbell. To register, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.


Sierra Azul Nursery holds pollinator plant classes

Visit the Sierra Azul Nursery from May 28 until 12:30 p.m. to find out which plants to choose for garden pollinators. Learn about different pollinators for bees, birds and butterflies from Manager Alexa Rosendale. There is a small fee. To reserve a spot, call 831-728-2532 or email plants@sierraazul.com


Talkirchen organize a garden tour

Enchanting Gardens in Scotts Valley, a tour of six spectacular gardens in and around Scotts Valley, will take place on May 21 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy these stunning private gardens that have rarely if ever been open to the public before. Five unique and fascinating gardens along with an eclectic private park are the highlights of this year’s annual garden tour. From large estate gardens that have been passionately tended by the homeowners for 20 to 30 years, to an iris farm with more than a thousand plants and hundreds of farming tool collections, to a collection of succulents in the water garden, visitors are greeted with inspirational settings at each location . Lush garden plantings with minimal water use, explosions of color, organic flower and vegetable plantings, terraced garden rooms, classic 1850’s Tudor, mountain casual, farmhouse and Japanese maple collections are just a few of the many surprises to be found during this year’s garden tour discover there. Tickets can be purchased at The Garden Company and San Lorenzo Garden Center in Santa Cruz, Scarborough Gardens and Zinnia’s in Scotts Valley and Mountain Feed & Farm Supply in Ben Lomond. Tickets are also available weekdays from 9am to 4pm from Valley Churches United, 9400 Highway 9, Ben Lomond. All proceeds directly benefit the Valley Churches pantry and customer programs serving those in need in the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Bonny Doon. For more tour information, call 831-336-8258 ext. 229

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. Email sentinelhomeandgarden@gmail.com to submit entries for the calendar including events, meetings, resources or anything garden related.

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