May’s Revelry In the Garden & The Monthly Calendar of Regional Gardening Events

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May is upon us – the crowning of the May is actively happening in my garden. On Egreenway.com out of Red Bluff I ran across this timely quote by 20th century naturalist, writer, and photographer Edwin Way Teale: “The world’s favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.”


So much activity happens in our gardens in May – much to be done and much to be enjoyed.

Regional growers had these tips for May’s edible farm and gardening tasks:

Wolfgang Rougle of Twining Tree Farms west of Cottonwood says that “when we get a few very warm days and (preferably) the soil is still slightly moist due to rain or pre-irrigation, plant your corn, beans, melons and squash from seed.” She goes on to quote: “When the buckeye flowers, there will be a storm.” Take advantage of these last rains until possibly the late fall to do your last tilling, both for weed control and even to prepare beds for next fall if you can.

Pam Geisel, the Statewide Coordinator for the Master Gardener Program, who lives and gardens in Hamilton City (Sunset zone 9), tells us that “now is a good time for planting flavorful varieties of Okra such as ‘Millionaire’ as well as being a good time to fertilize our citrus. She recommends citrus be fertilized only in the early to late spring…well before June. Ideally divide applications into 3 - the first application at flowering, the second at fruit set and the final application sometime in mid to late May. Be sure to water in fertilizers as soon after application as possible. Avoid later summer applications of nitrogen because it will impact the fruit quality.”

May and early June are also good times “to hand-thin your apples,” Pam writes. “Go through each cluster of apples and remove all by the largest, or king apple in the cluster because wherever two or more apples grow close together is where you are bound to get coddling moth infestations and damage or destruction of your crop. So while you may end up with fewer apples, they will bigger and healthier. Depending on the size of your trees, you can also bag each individual ripening apple to deter the moths. While this may seem time consuming, it will really only take an hour or so and will ensure a safe crop!”

Jolene Queen of the Dairyville Nursery in Red Bluff recommends “being bold and experimenting with some heirloom varieties, typically 50 years old or older, some of which can be traced back to the Indians and early settlers and even to the Romans. What you are too late to start from seed – such as tomatoes, you can also purchase as starts that have been grown in a sustainable organic manner and contribute to the future health of our food supply. Once you have planted your warm season crops, mulching with good organic material can help preserve water as well as add needed organic matter to your soil. Mulching can also be used to control weeds.”

David Grau of Valley Oak Tool and founder of the Chico Organic Gardening Class series tells us: Late April is time to transplant your first round of tomatoes. After a couple more weeks of warm weather to bring soil temperatures up, eggplants and peppers can be transplanted happily. May is good for starting melons, okra, and your main crop of green beans. You could put in some summer squash seeds, and a few early bean seeds after the last storms of April and early May.

The revelry of May in the Garden is well reflected in the Regional Gardening Events Calendar – events for the May Day weekend are particularly rich. If you are interested in our regional events, be sure to check the On-line Calendar of Regional Gardening Events at jewellgarden.com regularly – events are added close to everyday! I do my very best to keep the calendar up to date and accurate, please confirm all events with the event host’s contact information. If you are aware of a mistake on my calendar, please send me corrected info: Jennifer@jewellgarden.com! Thanks.

MAY 2010

May 1 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: FESTA BOTANICA! 9am-3pm. Come on out to enjoy the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay for their annual Festa Botanica with plant sales, garden tours, vendors, crafts, music and plant experts and a garden/plant oriented marketplace of close to 2 dozen booths IN the Nursery - activities and information galore. Children’s Craft and Garden Activities with Charlie Rabbit! 1100 Arboretum Drive, Redding. More info: 530-242-3178 or www.turtlebay.org/nursery.

May 1 - Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society - Field Trip: Upper Yahi Trail, Upper Bidwell Park 9 am meet in Chico’s Upper Bidwell Park Parking lot L (Diversion Dam). We will intercept the upper Yahi Trail and walk 2. 5 miles to its end, passing through several plant communities: valley grasslands, riparian woodlands and foothill woodland. Bring lunch, water, sun/bug protection and good walking shoes. A certain amount of agility will be needed through tough spots. Leaders: Gerry Ingco: 530- 893-5123 and Wes Dempsey: 530-342-2293.

May 1 – Redding: Shasta Rose Society: A Day in the Rose Garden 10 am - 4 pm 15925 ROCK CREEK ROAD REDDING, CA We will have talks on growing roses in Redding We will be selling miniature roses, rose & garden structures, hard-to-find perennials, rose petal jelly, etc. RAFFLES/PRIZES & A FUN DAY

May 1 – Chico: Butte Environmental Council’s Endangered Species Faire (Northern California’s longest running environmental fair!) 10 AM to 4 PM Cedar Grove, Bidwell Park, Chico. Since 1979, the Endangered Species Faire has commemorated Earth Day with a full-day of exhibits, activities, presentations and entertainment. The Faire is designed to give local school classrooms, government agencies, environmental organizations and community groups a public forum to present information on ecology, wildlife and a host of environmental issues. The Faire offers teachers an opportunity to develop an environmental education project as part of their classroom curriculum. Schools from the districts of Chico, Paradise, Durham, Oroville, Corning, and Orland participate in the resource fair, making K-12 grade students the primary participants and visitors of the Faire. Each class researches an environmental challenge, illustrates the problem and possible solutions, and presents their results to the general public as part of a booth display or activity. The Faire facilitates networking between teachers and students, state and federal resource agencies, and environmental organizations. For more information please contact Butte Environmental Council at (530) 891-6424 or marym @ becnet.org. http://www.endangeredspeciesfaire.org.

May 1 - Sacramento: Fair Oaks Horticulture Center/Sacramento County Master Gardeners EVERY DROP COUNTS Workshop 8:30 am - 11:30 am. Practice Smart Watering for Healthier Plants. Irrigation methods, frequency and quantity for different types of plants. Fair Oaks Park, Fair Oaks, Ca. More info call: 916-875-6913.

May 1 – Chico: St. John’s Episcopal Church 27th Annual Garden Tour 11 am - 4 pm Lunch, Gardener’s Boutique and Four Fabulous Gardens will be featured on this year’s tour. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased in Chico at: Christian & Johnson. The Gifted Gardener, Little Red Hen Gift Shop and Nursery, Magnolia Gift & Garden, Zucchini & Vine, The Plant Barn, and the St. JOhn’s Office; In Paradise at Mendon’s Nursery and in Durham at Hodges Nursery.

May 1 - Chico: CSU, Chico Associated Students: COMPOST WORKSHOP 11am - 12 noon, Free Workshop on Composting at the Compost Display Area on the CSU Campus. Located behind Yolo Hall past the tennis courts along the railroad tracks. Please park in the Nettleton Stadium Parking lot (permit required) and walk to the compost display area. More info, cotnact As Recycling: 530-898-5033, or: asrecycle@csuchico.edu.

May 1 - Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Guided Tour: Simple Tips for Great Container Gardening 11:00 a.m. Arboretum Terrace Garden. Learn how to grow plants in pots or window boxes to liven up a porch or patio. Create a lush oasis in a small space and save water. More info: (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 1 - Weaverville: Trinity Nursery Art Cruise - Art in the Nursery 4 - 7 pm. We will be kicking off the season on Saturday, April 3rd. View lovely art and visit with talented artists in the relaxed outdoor setting of the nursery (weather permitting, of course). Refreshments will be served.We are expecting the following artists in April: Debee Olson, Marge Heilman, Peggy Carr, John Heilman and Betty Pestoni. Please note our Art Cruise hours start and end earlier than those in the Historic District. More info: www.trinitynursery.com

May 1 & 2 - Redding: Annual Bonsai Show, at Wyntour Gardens 9am to 5pm & Sunday, May 2nd - 10am to 4pm. Presented by the Redding Bonsai Club, hosted by Wyntour Gardens. Don’t miss this unique exhibition of beautiful bonsai trees and plants by members of the Redding Bonsai club.In addition to the display of bonsai, there will be raffles and demonstrations at 1pm, both days. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Road(1 mi. S. of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Mkt) Redding, CA Phone 365-2256 visit us on the web @ wyntourgardens.com or email inform@wyntourgardens.com.

May 1 & 2 - Chico: Leo T. Clark Iris Society Show Chico Mall. Open to the Public Viewing after 1 pm. For more information call: 530-343-3075

May 1 & 2 - Red Bluff: Red Bluff Garden Club Annual Club Standard Flower Show Tehama District Fairgrounds, 650 Antelope Blvd, Red Bluff. In the Floriculture Building on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & May 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is open to the public and free. There is also a plant sale. Last year we sold out on Saturday. At the Tehama District Fairgrounds the same weekend as the flower show is a free Home and Garden Show, a 4-H Fur & Feather Show, a Fiber on Foot Alpaca Show, & an Arabian Horse Show. It’s a happening place to be. More info: www.redbluffgardenclub.com.

May 2 - Forest Ranch: Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Spring Community Hike: 9:30 - 2 pm. Throughout spring our staff at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) is leading group hikes into Big Chico Creek Canyon. Today’s Hike will be Moderate and will descend into the Canyon on dirt roads and primitive hiking trails. Those up for the challenge can hike back to the top after lunch or may option for a shuttle ride. Come hike through the spring colors and pack a lunch to enjoy along Big Chico Creek. Hikes will vary in difficulty, allowing an opportunity for everyone! All hikes meet at the Park and Ride on Highway 32, then carpool 10 miles east to BCCER. Everyone should wear sturdy hiking shoes, pack a lunch and bring water & sun/bug protection. Trips are rain or shine, so come prepared! Reserve your space by e-mailing Mark Lynch:mlynch1@csuchico.edu; see our events page or call us at 898-3333.

May 2 - Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Oak Discovery Day 1:00–4:00 p.m., Shields Oak Grove. This spring celebration will spotlight oaks with an Arbor Day ceremony, oak tours, talks by oak experts, demonstrations of traditional Native American uses of acorns, hands-on oak-related family activities, and exhibits of animals and insects associated with oaks—all centered around the newly constructed Oak Discovery Trail. The free event will have something for participants of all ages. Take I-80 to Highway 113 North towards Woodland (from Sacramento, pass the UC Davis exit on I-80 to reach 113). Take the Hutchison Drive exit and turn right towards the central UC Davis campus. Turn right (south) on La Rue Road and pass the stadium. Turn right on Garrod Drive. Follow Garrod Drive as it curves to the right and you will see the nursery on your left-hand side. At the stop sign, continue straight to park in the visitor parking lots across the street from the nursery: #55 (to the left) or #50 (to the right). Please do not park in marked spots that are reserved for clients of the veterinary clinic. Walk south past the horse corral and follow the signs to Shields Oak Grove. More info: (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 2 - Chico: Slow Food Shasta Cascade presents Luau at Llano Seco Ranch 6 pm - 9 pm rain or shine. Across the centuries and cultures, May Day has a rich history of gathering for a diverse range of traditions and festivity. Let’s Celebrate! Come out to Llano Seco Rancho for a beautiful afternoon with family and friends. Partake in a meal of Polynesian inspired dishes with North State ingredients lovingly prepared by enthusiastic Slow Food volunteers. Slow Music by Johnny Cakes Slim. Lots of Slow Fun for the kids! ~ Pit Roasted Llano Seco Organic Pork ~ Grilled Chicken n Pineapple Skewers ~ Salad Rolls ~ Chaffin Meatballs w/ Sioux Wow ~ Pacific Rim Stuffed Chico Tofu ~ Petals & Greens with Mango Vinaigrette ~ Noble Orchard Apple Cabbage Slaw ~ Snap Pea Stir-fry ~ Almond Milk Massa Organic Rice ~ Tin Roof Kuala Rolls with Sierra Nevada Organic Butter ~ Strawberry Ice, & Pineapple Coconut Cake ~ Knudson Fruit Juice, La Rocca Wine, Feather River Brewery and Paulo’s Coffee ~ $25 / $5 (12 and under) Tickets & Directions: go to the web @ www.brownpapertickets.com/event/109490. LIMITED SEATING. We will be eating outside please consider weather and mosquitoes. Carpool if you can. Free Ranch Tours 3:00 pm & 4:30 pm

May 3 - Oct 7 - San Francisco: Conservatory of Flowers: Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants This summer, San Francisco¹s Conservatory of Flowers becomes a Little Shop of Horticultural Horrors with a sequel to its 2007 exhibition ³Chomp!² On view May 7 to October 31, 2010, ³Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants² features expanded displays of these natural born killers with dazzling, new additions like the Dionaea B-52, the world¹s largest Venus flytrap with traps up to two inches square, and the aptly named (for a bug,that is) ŒAbandoned Hope,¹ a pitcher plant hybrid that can grow up to two feet tall. Visitors can feast their eyes on hundreds of multi-colored, meat-eating plants arranged in swampy, living bogs - including North american and Northern California bogs - that showcase species both by their trapping strategies and by their native regions and countries. The Conservatory of Flowers is located in San Francisco¹s Golden Gate Park at 100 John F. Kennedy Dr. and is open Tuesdays Sundays from 10 am to 4:30 pm. The exhibition is free with regular paid admission to the Conservatory. Admission for San Francisco residents is $5 general; $3 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $1.50 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE. Admission for non-residents is $7 general, $5 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $2 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE. The public should call 415-831-2090 or visit www.conservatoryofflowers.org for more information.

May 5 - Chico: Gateway Science Museum MWOW Lecture Series: Bugs in the System 7:30 PM at the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico. Tonight’s Program: The importance of invertebrate resources to waterfowl by Jay Bogiatto, California State University, Chico. A donation of $3 per adult is requested. Students with ID are free. More info: www.gatewayscience.org

May 5 - Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society: Regular Member Mtg 7:30 pm Butte County Library, Chico. Regular Member Meeting and Program featuring Jim Dempsey Environmental Scientist California Department of Parks and Recreation speaking about his 10 years of work as State Parks wildland manager along the Sacramento River. He will focus primarily on the Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area where invasive wild fig and black walnut are giving way for restored native valley oak and cottonwood riparian forest floodplain habitat. More info: Jim and Catie Bishop: cjbishop1991@sbcglobal.net

May 5 - Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Growing a Greener Community: Reducing our Carbon Footprint through Urban Forestry, Community-based Agriculture and Landscaping 7:30–9:30 p.m., Davis City Council Chambers, 23 Russell Blvd. The Valley Climate Action Center and the City of Davis are sponsoring this free forum. Featured speakers will be Greg McPherson from the USDA Forest Service, Ellen Zagory from the UC Davis Arboretum, Mitch Sears from the City of Davis and Stephen Souza, Council Member with the City of Davis. More info: (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 6 - Chico: Chico High School Greenhouses & Horticulture Plant Sale! 9am- 4pm, located at CHS Greenhouses off of West Sacramento Ave. We have pony packs of Early Girl and Beefsteak tomatoes ($2.00/pack), a lot of fern varieties in hanging baskets and in 4”- 8” pots. We also have a wide selection of foliage houseplants that would suit a houseplant lover. i.e. ornamental banana trees, umbrella plants, pothos, ficus trees. The prices range from $2.00-$9.00. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE SCHOOL HORTICULTURE AND AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS. If you have any questions feel free to call: Quinn Mendez @ 891-3026 ext 381 or email: qmendez@chicousd.org

May 7 - Cottonwood: Cottonwood Creek Certified Farmers’ Market and Artisans Fair OPENING DAY 3pm - 7 pm 3645 Main Street Cottonwood. More info: Cottonwood Creek Watershed Group 530-347-6637; www.ccwgrp.org.

May 8 - Forest Ranch: Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Spring Community Hike: 9:30 - 2 pm. Throughout spring our staff at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) is leading group hikes into Big Chico Creek Canyon. Today’s Hike will be Easy hikes will follow the gentle contours of the canyon and walk the safest routes of the Reserve, taking time to enjoy the spring time magic. Come hike through the spring colors and pack a lunch to enjoy along Big Chico Creek. Hikes will vary in difficulty, allowing an opportunity for everyone! All hikes meet at the Park and Ride on Highway 32, then carpool 10 miles east to BCCER. Everyone should wear sturdy hiking shoes, pack a lunch and bring water & sun/bug protection. Trips are rain or shine, so come prepared! Reserve your space by e-mailing Mark Lynch:mlynch1@csuchico.edu; see our events page or call us at 898-3333.

May 8 - Lewiston: Lewiston Art and Garden Party 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Lewiston. The event includes self-guided tours of two gardens, - the Lewiston Botanical Garden on Texas Avenue and the River Rock Gardens located on the banks of the Trinity River, which are a-bloom with pink and white Dogwood, many Rhododendrons and three ponds. Trinity County artists and crafters will have their art on display and for sale. There will be blown glass, oil paintings, watercolors, photography, jewelry, candles, birdhouses and much, much more! Plants will be on sale and a garden themed raffle will be held at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15.00, which includes a sit-down luncheon served by members of the Lewiston Fire Department at the River Rock Road Gardens. General admission, without lunch, is just $5.00. Wine tasting will be available for sale from One Maple Winery. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Trinity Nursery in Weaverville, Wild Thyme Nursery in Redding or at the Plug ‘n Jug market in Lewiston. The event is sponsored by the Lewiston Sparkies and proceeds will benefit the Lewiston Fire Department. From Redding, take Highway 299 west and exit at Lewiston. Go 4 miles to the Plug ‘n Jug. Maps to the gardens are available at the store. Call Katie at 778-3307 for more info.

May 8 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Family Second Saturday: Planting with Mom and Me!10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Join Charlie Rabbit and Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens staff for a fun filled afternoon learning about the importance of plants and how to grow them. Bring your Mom, Grandmother, Dad or Uncle and create beautiful seed mosaics using naturally colored seeds. Get your face painted and do plant themed crafts with Turtle Bay’s Museum Teen Volunteers and create something fun with love for that special mother in your life! Free with Park admission. Turtle Bay Museum - Zubie’s Classroom. More info: 530-242-3178 or www.turtlebay.org/nursery.

May 8 - Redding: Wire Basket Workshop, at Wyntour Gardens 11am. Learn how to plant beautiful wire baskets with Ellen using her unique layering method. Bring your Mom or a friend and create something beautiful to take home or give as a gift. All participants will receive a coupon for 10% off all supplies purchased for the class. Baskets will be available for purchase. Space is limited, so call and reserve your spot asap. This class is FREE. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Road(1 mi. S. of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Mkt) Redding, CA Phone 365-2256 visit us on the web @ wyntourgardens.com or email inform@wyntourgardens.com.

May 8 - Chico: CSU, Chico Associated Students: COMPOST WORKSHOP 11am - 12 noon, Free Workshop on Composting at the Compost Display Area on the CSU Campus. Located behind Yolo Hall past the tennis courts along the railroad tracks. Please park in the Nettleton Stadium Parking lot (permit required) and walk to the compost display area. More info, cotnact As Recycling: 530-898-5033, or: asrecycle@csuchico.edu.

May 9 - Yreka: Shasta Chapter Cal Native Plant Society & Klamath National Forest Annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Show: Hundreds of native plants and wildflowers will be on display at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka (first northbound exit off of I-5). This is a fantastic display (and it’s free!) and a special place to take Moms. 10 AM to 4 PM.. If you would like to volunteer to help with the exhibit (Saturday or Sunday), or sell books and posters, please contact Jay & Terri Thesken at 530/221-0906 or Marla Knight at 530/468-1238.

May 10 - Paradise: Paradise Garden Club 1:00 pm Regular Member Meeting and Pot Luck. Terry Ashe Recreation Center 6626 Skyway Paradise, Ca. Program: Master Gardeners, past graduates and present students in the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener Program will answer all your gardening questions. Come prepared with questions, plants and or pests to be identified. More Info Call: 530-876-1926

May 11- Chico: North Valley Orchid Society 7:30 pm - Dick Buchter will be speaking on “Paphiopedilums” held in the Fireside Room at First Christian Church, 295 East Washington Ave. More Info Call: 530-891-4424

May 13 - Chico: Chico High School Greenhouses & Horticulture Plant Sale! 9am- 4pm, located at CHS Greenhouses off of West Sacramento Ave. We have pony packs of Early Girl and Beefsteak tomatoes ($2.00/pack), a lot of fern varieties in hanging baskets and in 4”- 8” pots. We also have a wide selection of foliage houseplants that would suit a houseplant lover. i.e. ornamental banana trees, umbrella plants, pothos, ficus trees. The prices range from $2.00-$9.00. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE SCHOOL HORTICULTURE AND AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS. The student-driven Henshaw Farm FFA Project is getting underway at the corners of Gwynn and Henshaw In Chico. We will begin selling flowers in August and the rest of the crops in September. Please stop by to watch the progress of this student operated farm and visit in August and September to purchase locally grown produce. If you have any questions feel free to call: Quinn Mendez @ 891-3026 ext 381 or email: qmendez@chicousd.org

May 13 – Chico: Friends of the Chico State Herbarium: Herbarium OPEN HOUSE More info call (530) 898-5381.

May 15 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Garden Photography Workshop 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Art in the Gardens Series. Award-winning photographer Harvey Spector shares secrets of composition and light while you photograph the Gardens in bloom. Digital or film shutterbugs of all ages and skill levels will receive individualized instruction in this photography skills workshop. Participants provide their own cameras. Call 242-3108 to pre-register (required). Members $8, nonmembers $10. More info: 530-242-3178 or www.turtlebay.org/nursery

May 15 - Redding:Shasta Chapter Cal Native Plant Society: Special Event! Third Annual Native Plants in the Landscape Garden Tour. 10 AM to 4 PM See five gardens in the Redding/Anderson/Palo Cedro area which incorporate and highlight the use of native plants and companion planting. The tour will include native plants for sale and backyard birding information. We can use volunteers to help out at the various gardens. Please call Donal Jonio to help: 530/221-4280..

May 15 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Made for the Shade - Plants for Every Kind of Shade in Your Garden 10 a.m. - noon Core Gardening Series. In this class, we will cover the surprisingly large number of plants that not only survive in the shade, but thrive there. Dry or wet shade, deep and dark shade - there are selections for every kind of shady spot in your garden. Turtle Bay Horticulture Manager Lisa Endicott leads this walk and talk. You’ll come away with a list of plants and a better understanding of what to do with these often difficult garden areas. Turtle Bay members and volunteers FREE, nonmembers $3 Meet at Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office - 1135 Arboretum Drive (Next to Greenhouse in Nursery) More info: 530-242-3178 or www.turtlebay.org/nursery

May 15 – Chico: Friends of the Chico State Herbarium: General Interest Botanical Illustration Workshop 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Holt Hall room 129 at CSU Chico. Registration for the workshop is $40.00 ($30.00 for students, and for members of Friends of the Herbarium); please register in advance. Class size is limited to 16 participants (class cancelled without a mini- mum of 5 participants); older children are welcome to register. For more information about registration or directions please contact the Chico State Herbarium office at (530) 898-3511 or NS@csuchico.edu. For more information about workshop content please contact Judy McCrary at jmccrary@digitalpath.net.

May 15 - Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Guided Tour: Oak Ecology and Diversity 2:00 p.m., Gazebo. Tour Shields Oak Grove, the Arboretum’s most important scientific collection, and see the wide range of tree and leaf shapes and sizes. More info: (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 15 - Redding: Slow Food Shasta Cascade presents IRON CHEF REDDING 6 pm 1701 Placer Street Redding. Tickets: $40 www.brownpapertickets.com/event/108007. WHO WILL BE NAMED……”IRON CHEF REDDING” Cal De Mercurio ~ Rivers Restaurant (http://www.riversrestaurant.net) Che Stedman ~ Moonstone Bistro (http://www.moonstonebistro.com)/Wes Mathews ~ Market Street Steakhouse (http://www.marketstreetsteakhouse.com/ WHO will be THE JUDGES…? WHAT is the MENU…? stay tuned! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT! AND, it’s for a GREAT cause! FUNDRAISER AND MEMBERSHIP KICK-OFF! BENEFITING THE NORTH VALLEY CO-OP…an exciting new community venture committed to supporting local producers, farmers, and artisans.

May 15 & 16 - Oroville: Chaffin Family Farms hosts Intro to Permaculture Workshop with Cathe’ Fish & friends: This two day workshop will cover water harvesting and storage, sheet mulch gardening, digging swales, soil food web applications, cover crops, chickens and much more. Camping in Heritage Olive groves available. For more information, fees and directions www.practicalpermaculture@gmail.com or call Cathe’ at: 530-478-1852.

May 16 - Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society - Field Trip: Table Mountain 9 am meet at Chico Park and Ride (Hwy 99/32). We will cover about 3 miles and if the spring remains damp we could see up to 100 species of plants. Bring lunch, water, sun/bug protection and good walking shoes. Leader: Wes Dempsey: 530-342-2293.

May 16 - Davis: UC Davis Arboretum, Spring Plant Sale 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery, Garrod Drive, UC Davis Don’t miss the last spring sale, where you can find some deep discounts on remaining plants. Arboretum Teaching Nursery, on Garrod Drive across from the School of Veterinary Medicine on the UC Davis campus. Free parking is available in Visitor Lot 55. More info: (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 18 - Gridley: Gridley Downtown Farmers Market OPENING DAY 5 - 8 pm, Ace Hardware Parking lot, 1626 State Highway 99. More info: 530-846-3687; gbid@att.net; gbid.blogspot.com.

May 22 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: BUGS! How to Promote the Good and Deter the Bad 10 a.m. - noon. Stewardship and Sustainability Series. Join local green garden guru Paul Stockton for another one of his always helpful slide shows about dealing with the insects in your garden using organic methods and integrated pest management techniques. Weather permitting, we will go on safari through the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens (no admission charge) to see what these critters look like in real life. More Info: 530-242-3178 or www.turtlebay.org/nursery.

May 22 - Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Guided Bicycle Tour: What’s New at the Arboretum? 11:00 a.m., Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest development in the Arboretum gardens and learn about exciting plans for the future. Bring your bike! More info: (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 23 - Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society - Field Trip: Centergap Road, Butte Creek Canyon 9 am meet at Chico Park and Ride (Hwy 99/32). We will follow a fireroad that goes from Centerville Road up to Doemill Road on the north ridge of the canyon and has nice displays of bush monkey flower, snowdrop, yerba santa, and others. Bring lunch, water, sun/bug protection and good walking shoes. Leader: Wes Dempsey: 530-342-2293.

May 25 – Red Bluff: Red Bluff Garden Club Regular Member Meeting 1:00 pm at 12889 Baker Road in Red Bluff. Program is Drought Proofing with Grey Water, Speaker, Cathe Fishe, Master Gardener & owner of Sunshine Works. For more info: www.redbluffgardenclub.com

May 25 - Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Writers in the Garden 7:00 p.m., Wyatt Deck, Old Davis Road Outstanding writers read from their work and talk about the importance of the natural world in their writing. Series supported by a City of Davis Civic Arts Grant. More info: (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 29 - Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society - Field Trip: Upper North Fork, Feather River and Caribou Fisherman’s Trail 8:30 am meet at Chico Park and Ride (Hwy 99/32). We will drive up the scenic Feather River Canyon and will make several roadside stops. We hope to see Shasta lilies, lady’s slippers, with orchids where small streams cross the road. HIke is an easy 3 miles along a section of the river. Bring lunch, water, sun/bug protection, $ for ride sharing and good walking shoes. Leaders: Gerry Ingco: 530- 893-5123 and Wes Dempsey: 530-342-2293.

May 29 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay 9:30 am. A Walk with the Horticulture Manager, Lisa Endicott. Bring your notebooks and cameras for this participant-driven program. We’ll make our way through the Gardens with frequent stops for discussions about (what else?) plants! There’s something new to see every month! Free with Park or Garden admission. Meet at West Garden Entrance. Take N. Market Street, turn on Arboretum Drive. Take the right fork. Parking lot and entrance are on the left. More info: 530-242-3178 or www.turtlebay.org/nursery

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In a North State Garden is a weekly Northstate Public Radio and web-based program celebrating the art, craft and science of home gardening in Northern California and made possible in part by the Gateway Science Museum - Exploring the Natural History of the North State and on the campus of CSU, Chico. In a North State Garden is conceived, written, photographed and hosted by Jennifer Jewell - all rights reserved jewellgarden.com. In A North State Garden airs on Northstate Public Radio Saturday mornings at 7:34 AM Pacific time and Sunday morning at 8:34 AM Pacific time. Podcasts of past shows are available here. Weekly essays are also posted on anewscafe.com a regional news source that is simultaneously universal and positively North State.

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