Fair Oaks Horticulture Center is a one-acre instructional facility in Sacramento maintained by the Sacramento County Master Gardeners. If you have never heard of FOHC, then the annual Harvest Day is a great time to visit! This educational event features garden-related workshops, tours, tastings, and, of course, plenty of knowledgeable Master Gardeners to answer your questions.
Activities: There will be plenty of delicious fruits and vegetables to try, from tomatoes and squash to melons and tree fruit. Many of these are growing in the demo garden, along with California native and Mediterranean plants, which are great for our summer-dry climate. Master Gardeners will be available at the Plant Clinic to offer advice about your own garden and explain various techniques employed in the demo garden such as soil solarization, square-foot gardening, and espalier.
If you need a break, you can rest in the shade and listen to one of these expert speakers:
8:30-9:15 – Research Meets Reality: Fruit Tree Pest and Drought Challenges
Chuck Ingels, UC Extension Farm and Horticulture Advisor
Quentyn Young, manager, Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery
9:45-10:30 – Lush and Colorful: Year-Round Beauty with Water-Wise Plants
Janet Sluis, curator, Sunset Western Garden Collection
11:30-12:14 – Going Organic
Patricia Boudier, Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply
12:45-1:30 – Cooking in Season
Rick Mahan, chef and owner, The Waterboy Restaurant and One Speed Pizza
If you want to know even more, a wide variety of organizations and businesses are represented at the educational tables, from irrigation suppliers and nurseries to conservation non-profits.
Other activities include mini-workshops on composting and vermicomosting (composting with worms), and a silent auction with items donated by local garden-related businesses. If you get hungry you don’t need to leave; there will be food trucks for lunch and sorbet and gelato for dessert. It might be warm, so remember to bring your hat and sunscreen. Hope to see you there!