Home & Garden Digest—Santa Cruz Sentinel


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! Join a self-guided tour from Live Oak to Aptos on Saturday 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


Urban Ranch celebrates the Strawberry Moon

Rego Ranch hosts their popular Honey Tasting to celebrate the Strawberry Moon. Sample the Rego Ranch’s locally sourced and produced honey and shop the Sew Fresh 831 selection of custom-made clothing. Love the honey, buy a jar or two and get a free raffle ticket with every purchase. Our redwood crate is handcrafted from reclaimed materials and filled with garden goodies. Located in the Live Oak neighborhood, Rego Ranch specializes in everything from honeybee products and ancient seeds to table vegetables, starts, herbs and flowers. Stop by for a taste and the Rego Ranch’s heirloom strawberry seeds. Visit theregoranch.com or facebook.com/theregoranch for details and address.


Filoli Gardens begins summer nights

Visit the Filoli Gardens every Thursday through September 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Stroll through the gardens, grab a drink and watch the sunset with friends. Separate tickets required, visit filoli.org for information and reservations.


Master gardeners sponsor citrus class

Join Santa Cruz Garden Company’s master gardener and garden consultant, Loretta Heath, to learn all about it on June 27 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Now is a great time to plant a citrus shrub or tree. Citrus trees are versatile additions to any garden. They can be grown in a container or in the ground and a healthy citrus tree will provide bountiful fruit for years. In this course, you will learn which varieties grow best in the Monterey Bay Area, how to choose a good plant, and plant it properly, whether in a container or in the ground. In addition, the care and fertilization of existing citrus fruits and protection against pests are taught. For more information and to enroll in this free course, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu


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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