2017 Fall for Plants Workshop: Program
A garden doesn’t need lots of water, fertilizers or pesticides to be beautiful, interesting, and easy to maintain. Attend our Fall for Plants Workshop to learn sustainable gardening techniques that will help you achieve satisfying and beautiful results in your own landscape. And while you're there, be sure to check out the accompanying plant sale with a great selection of climate-friendly plants.
Read on for a rundown of the workshop presentations we'll hold throughout the day.
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- MG's 2017 Favorite Picks—From Our Garden to Yours. Janet Miller, UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County. Janet Miller will speak about what's been propagated at Our Garden for sale today, focusing on our UC Master Gardener's favorite picks.
- Drip—Not Just a Four-Letter Word. Lori Palmquist, UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County. Are you converting your lawn to water-wise plants, and wondering how to change out those sprinklers to drip? Or, have you been wrestling with your drip system for a while? Come to this talk by irrigation expert Lori Palmquist, and get the basics under your belt. You'll come away knowing that drip is not just a four-letter word. Lori will give you an overview of sprinkler-to-drip conversions, hydraulics, parts, and the nuts and bolts of installation. She'll also point you to free web applications, do-it-yourself videos, and other resources that will assist you in doing drip right. Click here for resources.
- Composting with Kitchen Scraps. Steve Andrews, Judy Ryan & Joie Spinelli, UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County. Healthy soil means healthy plants. Learn how to convert your everyday kitchen scraps into "the world's best" soil amendment. Humus brothers and compost super chefs Joie Spinelli and Steve Andrews will have you laughing your way to making compost quickly and easily at home, and Judy Ryan will have you wriggling with excitement about composting with worms. More info: Composting with Worms, Building a Worm Bin.
- Featured presentation: Harvest: How to Create and Utilize Your Own Beautiful Edible Garden. Stefani Bittner, owner & principal, Homestead Design Collective. Stefani will discuss some of her favorite plants of the season for creating a beautiful edible garden that gives back with a plentiful harvest.
- EBMUD Water Conservation Programs and Initiatives for Homeowners. Kristin Bowman, EBMUD Water Conservation Representative.
- Featured presentation: What Are Native Bees, and Why You Should Care. Gordon Frankie and Marissa Chase, UC Berkeley. Dr. Frankie will give an overview of native bees in urban areas and why they are important in CA and elsewhere.
- Drip—Not Just a Four-Letter Word. Lori Palmquist, UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County.
- Composting with Kitchen Scraps. Steve Andrews, Judy Ryan & Joie Spinelli, UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County.
About Our Speakers
- Steve Andrews: Steve Andrews is a soil scientist with extensive teaching and practical experience. He now volunteers with the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County.
- Stefani Bittner: Stefani Bittner is the owner of Homestead Design Collective, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm focused on creating beautiful gardens that provide harvest. Her team offers a unique and sophisticated approach, using both organic farming and fine gardening skills, for people who want help creating aesthetically designed, organic edible gardens. Stefani is the co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden (Ten Speed Press, 2013) and co-author of the recently released, Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants (Ten Speed Press, 2017).
Homestead provides design, installation, and full-service organic maintenance, harvesting, bee keeping, floristry and composting services; including recently designing and installing the new Sunset Magazine Test Gardens. Homestead has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Vogue, Sunset Magazine, Food & Wine, C Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Modern Farmer, Food52, and Gardenista.com.
- Kristin Bowman: Kristin Bowman is a water conservation specialist with the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
- Gordon Frankie: Gordon Frankie is professor and research entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley. His specialty is behavioral ecology of solitary bees in wild lands, agricultural, and urban environments of California and Costa Rica. He is particularly concerned with questions of how people relate to bees and their plants in these environments, and how to raise awareness about bee-flower relationships. Dr. Frankie also teaches conservation and environmental problem solving at UC Berkeley. More information on his projects can be found at: www.helpabee.org.
- Janet Miller: As a volunteer with the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County, Janet Miller has been the garden manager of Our Garden since its inception in 2009. With a particular interest in growing edibles, Janet studied the biointensive method of small scale farming under John Jeavons and Carol Cox of Ecology Action in Willits, California. Janet uses the biointensive method both at Our Garden and in her own extensive home garden. She also has a deep interest in plant propagation and heads up the UC Master Gardeners propagation efforts for the annual Great Tomato Plant Sale and the fall ornamental and veggie sales. Janet is a frequent speaker at Our Garden and many other places around the county, as well as a contributor to the Bay Area News Group gardening video series.
- Lori Palmquist: Lori Palmquist is a UC Master Gardener in the Contra Costa Program and a landscape professional. She began her landscape career close to 30 years ago. She admits to having an unnatural infatuation with irrigation, and drip in particular. In the early days, she was a maintenance gardener, then ran her own landscape maintenance company with six employees. She was also a Landscape Contractor, a Certified Arborist, an Irrigation Contractor, and, most recently, an Irrigation Designer, Consultant, Water Manager, and Educator. Lori is also a web developer, and is developing web applications that can be used to practice water efficiency in the landscape. Some of the free web resources she will refer you to are her own. Lori D. Palmquist, CID, CIC, CLIA, CLWM.
- Judy Ryan: Judy Ryan has volunteered with the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County since 2011. She completed the first CompostSmart advanced composting training through RecycleSmart in 2016, and currently maintains the Soil Saver and worm bin demos for home gardeners at Our Garden. She is also a composting consultant for the Program's Community Gardens project.
- Joie Spinelli: Joie Spinelli volunteers with the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County. He completed the first CompostSmart training through RecycleSmart, subsequently helped to develop the compost procedures at Our Garden, and currently maintains that compost program.