For today’s column, our focus is on an exceptional opportunity for Monterey Bay area gardeners.
The Pacific Horticultural Society and the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Arboretum & Botanic Garden welcome local guests to a one-day occasion that provides a multifaceted immersion in gardening within the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area.
The event, “A Feast for the Senses,” encompasses selected aspects of climate-adapted gardens in the local area.
Avid gardeners understand and appreciate gardening’s multiple dimensions, ranging across science, aesthetics and personal enrichment. This event highlights topics that are particularly relevant to our region’s special gardening environment, providing an unusually valuable experience for local gardeners.
The event’s full schedule will happen from 2-7 pm Sept.17 featuring an impressive gathering of plantspeople who will share their deep knowledge of central coast gardening. Participants will be free to select among several concurrent sessions to relate the event to their individual interests.
Let’s look closer.
The UCSC Arboretum’s Executive Director Martin Quigley will demonstrate the evolving expansion of Arb’s collection to include Chilean and North African climates, complementing its well-developed Californian, Australian, and African collections.
Brett Hall, the Arboretum’s Director of California Native Plants, will lead participants through Arb’s 55-acre native plant program and discuss how its design reflects California’s diverse climate zones.
UCSC Professor Bruce Lyon will present “Supporting Birds in Gardens and Landscapes,” a researcher’s perspective and advice on using a strong camera lens for viewing and photographing birds in the garden.
Renowned landscape photographer Saxon Holt will recommend basic and advanced techniques for using your cell phone to capture the beauty of individual garden plants and landscapes in your garden.
Plant selection roundtable
A gathering of regional plantspeople will share their plant recommendations and engage in dialog with event participants. These charismatic experts include Luen Miller (Monterey Bay Nursery), Jeff Rosendale (Sierra Azul Nursery and Garden), John Greenlee (Greenlee & Associates, garden grasses specialist), Renee Shepherd (Renee’s Garden, garden seeds specialist), Janet Sluis (Sunset Western Garden), Rick Flores (Arb’s Director of Horticulture). and Melinda Kralj (Curator of Arb’s Australian Rock Garden).
Later in the day, before the dinner, the event includes an opportunity for guests and speakers to interact on Central Coast gardening and enjoy appetizers, wine, and a cool signature aqua fresca
South American Chef Diego Felix will create an alfresco long-table dinner that combines a South American perspective with indigenous food plants. This five-course feast will feature locally sourced ingredients and regional wines, and link the basic concepts of gardening, food, and culture of the Central Coast.
This event offers unique experiences for Central Coast gardeners and supports the work of both the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden and the Pacific Horticultural Society. To register for this occasion, visit www.pacifichorticulture.org and click “events”. To learn about the Society’s other events, click on “regional tours.”
Enjoy your garden!
One More Item
Last week’s column on the Monterey Bay Iris Annual Rhizome sale included fine images of iris blooms but failed to credit the photographer. MBIS member Riley Probst creates excellent photos of irises on display locally regionally, and nationally, always including the plant’s name and hybridizer. Thanks for sharing your pictures, Riley!
Reminder: the MBIS Rhizome Sale continues Saturdays August 13 (tomorrow!) and August 20 at the Aptos Farmer’s Market, in Cabrillo College’s parking lot. This is the once-a-year opportunity to add beautiful irises to your garden.
Tom Karwin is past president of Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and the Monterey Bay Iris Society, a Lifetime Member of the Monterey Bay Area Cactus & Succulent Society, and a Lifetime UC Master Gardener (Certified 1999–2009). He is now a board member of the Santa Cruz Hostel Society, and active with the Pacific Horticultural Society. To view daily photos from his garden, https://www.facebook.com/ongardeningcom-566511763375123/. For garden coaching info and an archive of previous On Gardening columns, visit http://ongardening.com.