Home & Garden Digest—Santa Cruz Sentinel


Garden Exchange hosts monthly events

The Santa Cruz Garden Exchange will be held Saturday from 8-9 a.m. in the Live Oak Green Grange parking lot, 17th Ave. 1900 instead. or specimen plants. You don’t have to bring anything to receive, and nothing can be left in the Grange. For more information, email gardencruzer@gmail.com. Join the Santa Cruz Garden Exchange Facebook group for private trades anytime.


Sierra Azul Nursery holds pollinator plant class

Find out which plants to choose for your garden pollinators on Saturday from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the Sierra Azul Nursery. 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


Master gardeners sponsor the tour in June

The UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties are excited to host their 20th Garden Tour! Take a self-guided tour from Live Oak to Aptos on June 11th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The tour features 10 beautiful, water-rich, and pollinator-friendly garden habitats in Santa Cruz County, from suburban homesteads and peaceful retreats to a tropical oasis where friends and family can gather. Be inspired by the many ways your neighbors have managed their water usage while creating spacious and nature-friendly gardens. Every ticket purchase includes access to two bonus pre-recorded Garden Tour videos. Visit mbmg.ucanr.edu for more information and ticket purchases


The Gardeners Club holds monthly meetings

The Gardeners Club will hold their monthly meeting on June 9th at 7pm at Aptos Grange, 2555 Mar Vista in Aptos. Members and potential new members are invited to bring foliage and vases so everyone can take home a bouquet of flowers. For more information, visit thegardenersclub.org or call 831-475-0991.


Birdsong Orchards announces the start of fruit season

Visit birdsongorchards.com to find out about all the happenings on the farm and to sign up for the newsletter. U-Pick roses are still available by appointment and information about the upcoming fruit season is available.


Prevedelli Farms starts Olallieberry season

Visit prevedelli.com to pre-order Olallieberries for pickup at the local Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market or by appointment at the farm. Olallieberry season is very short, only three weeks, so don’t miss it. From the Farm Newsletter: “The Olallieberry was developed in 1949 by George F. Waldo for the United States Department of Agriculture at Oregon State University. Although developed in Oregon, the more temperate coastal regions of California proved a more suitable growing area, so it is primarily grown in rural areas of northern and central California.”

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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