What’s Growing On: Smart Gardening Conference, March 3 By Katie Walter

On March 3, the San Joaquin Master Gardeners will host their 2018 Smart Gardening Conference, where you can learn about optimal gardening practices for our area. This

2015 Smart Garden Conference

conference is just one of the ways this University of California program teaches community members to manage their gardens and landscapes in a science-based, sustainable manner. Master Gardener volunteers are trained to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship.

Master Gardeners work with the public to address environmental and social priorities such as green waste diversion, water conservation and water quality protection; reduce the impact of invasive species; and increase public awareness of healthy living through gardening. One of the many ways we extend this information is in the articles printed in the newspaper on various home horticulture topics.

The Smart Gardening Conference will be held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Avenue, Stockton. The building is near the Stockton Airport, on the south side of Arch Road between Highway 99 and Airport Road. The cost of the conference is $25, which includes lunch.

Our keynote speaker, Ernesto Sandoval, Director of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, will speak at 9 a.m. on “Big and Small, Public and Private Low-Water-Use Garden Projects.”

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with classes starting at 10 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. Master Gardeners will teach

Ernesto Sandoval will be our keynote speaker

one-hour classes on management of fruit tree pests, herbs, cold-hardy aloes, gardening for pollinators, tool care, summer vegetable gardening, composting, weed identification and management, and gardening in your golden years. The San Joaquin Master Food Preservers will offer classes on preserving and using strawberries, tomatoes and herbs.

Hour-and-a-half classes will allow participants an opportunity for hands-on learning about home irrigation, plant propagation and succulents. The Master Food Preservers will teach jelly and jam making during the period. Attendees of this class will take home one jar each of jelly and jam. Register soon to get into the classes of your choice. Some are filling fast.

Gardening books will be available for purchase at a discounted price by cash or check. A raffle to raise funds for the Master Gardener program will offer prizes such as books, tools, gift cards, and more. The program invites local businesses to assist the conference by providing monetary contributions or items for inclusion in the raffle. Call 209-953-6112 if you wish to help sponsor the conference.

To register or for more information on the conference go to ucanr.edu/sjmg. There are two ways to register for the conference. You can pay online using our secured payment

We will have creative repurposed items that are great for the garden

site or by printing out the registration form and mailing it in with a check, money order or cash. The registration deadline is February 23, 2018. If you have questions, please call 209-953-6112. We look forward to seeing you there!

For gardening related questions, call the UC Master Gardener office at 209-953-6112, or use our websitehttp://sjmastergardeners.ucanr.edu/CONTACT_US/.






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    Marcy Sousa

    Marcy Sousa is the San Joaquin County UC Master Gardener Program Coordinator. She is a Stockton native and enjoys teaching others about gardening. She has her bachelors from Stanislaus State in Permaculture. She has been with the program since 2007. Read Full
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