Marin Master Gardeners present free talks on the following topics on the dates listed:
The Home Orchard
Wednesday, Feb. 1
This information-packed program will focus on basic pruning and training of fruit trees, techniques for optimizing limited space, and the history and art of espaliering fruit trees.
The three presenters are all members of the UC Marin Master Gardener Edibles Guild. Sherrie Vigneron grows approximately 50 small fruit trees in her backyard orchard. Jeanne Ballestero is just beginning to develop a small backyard orchard. Connie Pelissero has been enjoying her backyard orchard for 20 years.
Climate, Climate Change and the Gardener
Wednesday, March 1
Understanding our climate and microclimates is key to choosing the right plants for our gardens. Learn about the affects of climate on plants and best practices for adapting our gardens to climate change.
Speaker Kathy Hunting was trained as an environmental health scientist. She lives on a sunny acre in Point Reyes Station, where she grows fruits, vegetables and deer-resistant ornamental plants.
Growing Edibles: Plan to Plot to Plate
Wednesday, April 5
Learn about growing edibles from an experienced gardener: preparation of planting beds and containers, selection of plant varieties including tomatoes, best watering practices, and managing diseases and problems.
Speaker Ann-Marie Walker leads a program teaching third- and fourth-grade students about edible gardening. She and her husband raised their four children on an acre in San Rafael, where they grew vegetables and fruits for the family dinner table.
For more information, contact Master Gardener Faith Brown at 415.435.5320.