Home & Garden Digest – Sentinel of Santa Cruz


UCSC Arboretum Presents A Feast for the Senses

The UCSC Arboretum will host “A Party for the Senses” event, an afternoon of plant-focused learning followed by an unforgettable dinner, from 2-7 p.m. on September 17. Attendees will see thriving unirrigated gardens in the summer, get plant recommendations in the time of fall plantings, and connect with a network that is changing our regional landscape. For tickets and more information, visit arboretum.ucsc.edu.


UCSC Farm offers a free guided tour

Take a free tour of the 30-acre UCSC Organic Farm from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Visitors can enjoy visiting the organically managed greenhouses, hand-crafted garden beds, orchards, row-crop fields and children’s garden, while learning about the history of the site and the concepts of basis of organic farming and gardening. Perched on a meadow near the campus entrance, the farmhouse also offers views of Monterey Bay. For more information or to schedule a guided group tour at another time, email [email protected], visit agroecology.ucsc.edu or calendar.ucsc.edu.


The Gardeners’ Club publishes the August newsletter

Visit thegardenersclub.org to learn about a variety of gardening topics, including All About Dahlias, Using Vegetables for Stamping Projects, Interesting Gardening Books and much more. Save the date for the annual harvest fair, September 25 at the UCSC farm. The Gardeners Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Grange Aptos and is open to everyone.


The Native Grasslands Association is hosting upcoming events

Visit the California Native Grasslands Association website. cnga.org to learn about upcoming events and classes. Landscaping with Nature: Habitat Gardening with Natives in the Built Environment will take place September 21 in Davis. The California Native Plant Society conference will be held September 18-22 in San Jose. You can also subscribe to the monthly newsletter.


Love’s Gardens organizes micro-tours

Love’s Garden will be hosting micro tours from 2-4 p.m. on September 11. Learn about the water conservation features of two Westside Santa Cruz gardens, including gray water and rainwater systems, drip irrigation, native plants, and more. For more information and to register, visit plantiful-possibilities.eventbrite.com or call 831-471-9100.


UCSC Arboretum holds a monthly community day

On the first Tuesday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Arboretum is open to visitors free of charge. Visit arboretum.ucsc.edu and click on events for more information about the Arboretum. NOTE: Due to limited parking at the Arboretum and the popularity of Community Day, we strongly encourage visitors to carpool, bike, walk, or use public transportation whenever possible.

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar, including events, meetings, resources, or anything garden-related, email [email protected]

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