Master Gardeners Plant Clinic Tomorrow at the Garden

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This Saturday, July 2, Master Gardeners will be at the garden to answer questions from 10:00AM to 12:00PM. They are a wonderful resource. Please take advantage of the experience each brings to the garden and tell your neighbors and friends about this opportunity as well. At 11:00AM, the Master Gardeners will walk through the garden and share their impressions and advice. We hope you’ll join them.

To learn more about how to become a UC Master Gardener yourself, visit the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County website.

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Today: Make Beautiful Garden Stationery

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Today—Saturday, June 25—is your chance to learn how to make gorgeous greeting cards worthy of framing and displaying on your walls. Join Suja Pritchard, an accomplished artist hailing from San Diego, in this fun workshop that will get your creative juices flowing as she guides you through the process of print making with organic materials.

Register now for one of the few spaces left for Organic Card Printing and bring home your own DIY stationery set. The workshop is from 2:00 to 4:30PM this afternoon.

Organic Card Printing

We had so much fun!

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The turn out for Saturday’s class, Plan(t) Ahead, was a great! Kids and parents learned that it takes a little planning to grow things. We look forward to seeing pictures of their pumpkins as they grow in these months leading up to Halloween.

A big THANK YOU goes out to Dena Hollowood of the Lafayette Library for coming out for this special storytime and activity.

Saturday: Plan Ahead for Fall with Plan(t) Ahead

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Plan(t) Ahead

This Saturday, May 14, you are invited to join us at the garden for a special outdoor storytime with Lafayette Library’s Childrens Librarian, Dena Hollowood from 1PM to 2PM.

While October is still a few months away, you can get a head start on planting pumpkins for the Halloween season. Register now to let us know you are interested in Plan(t)ing ahead.

TODAY: Plant Clinic and Tomato Class

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Growing Tomatoes on May 7 | 3:00 – 4:30PM

WE NEVER LET A LITTLE RAIN STOP US, SO WHY SHOULD YOU?

Do you have questions about your garden? UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County will be offering a plant clinic at the Lafayette Community Garden TODAY from 10:00AM to 11:00AM to answer your gardening questions and help you to troubleshoot your plants FREE OF CHARGE!

And later, from 3:00PM to 4:30, join Helen Erickson, Master Gardener for a presentation about tomato growing best practices. Helen will be demonstrating planting techniques and will be available answer your questions.

We’ll have tents up to keep you as dry as we can. Dress warmly and enjoy the fresh air! You know we will.

Register now for her informative class, Growing Tomatoes.

Pest Control: Know More Before Making Your Choices

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img_0618-2We just enjoyed an engaging talk by Susan JunFish about pest control and learned some great alternatives that can help us regulate our environment.

She talked about The difference between acute toxicity and chronic toxicity. Acute toxicity involves high levels of adverse health effects and the response to substances of this type  are more immediate. Chronic toxicity, however, involves less immediate, but still adverse effects and is generally associated with longer term exposure.

These terms are worth considering when looking at the common chemicals you use in and around your home. Studies have shown that commonly used pesticides can cause negative side effects,  including issues with reproductivity.

There are plenty of least toxic alternatives. Learn more at Parents for a Safer Environment.

And the Green Awards go to…

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Earth Day 2016 Green Awards

…our very own Janet Thomas and Kim Overaa. Congratulations and thanks to all the winners for everything that you do to make Lafayette the green community it is.