Home & Garden Digest – Santa Cruz Sentinel

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Arboretum offers early hours for members, volunteers
Become a member or volunteer at the UC Arboretum and join in special sunrise hours on Saturday. Bring your membership card for check-in at the front gate. Early mornings are a wonderful time in the gardens, ideal for photography, birding, and quiet enjoyment of nature. For more information on membership or volunteering visit arboretum.ucsc.edu and click on “events.”
Pajaro Valley Arts presents ‘Sculpture Is’
Visit Sierra Azul Nursery and Garden to view more than 100 juried sculptures created by 42 local artists and collaborators. At 2660 East Lake Ave., Watsonville, Sierra Azul has a 2-acre demonstration garden perfect for relaxing with a picnic under the umbrellas. Social distancing and masks may be required. Exhibit runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31. Visit sierraazul.com for current COVID-19 requirements or more information.
Santa Cruz Garden Exchange holds June swap
Santa Cruz Garden Exchange will hold its June swap from 8-9 a.m. June 26 at the Live Oak Grange parking lot, 1900 17th Ave. Bring any seeds, volunteers, cuttings, specimen plants or anything else from your garden to give away. You must take home anything not given away, and unvaccinated folks should wear masks.
Master Gardeners host free virtual classes
Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay is hosting several classes and events in June. Join a container/edible plant class, from 5-6: 30 p.m. Tuesday. UC Master Gardeners Anastatia Foster and Delise Weir will explore container types and sizes, potting soils and amendments, light and water requirements to support a thriving container garden. June 30 is “Grow a Hummingbird Garden”. Learn which plants attract and support these amazing birds by providing continuous bloom year-round, as well as native “dual purpose” plants that support our native insects.  For more information and to register, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.
UC Master Gardeners Opens Applications for 2022
The UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties are a group of over 140 volunteers who plan, organize, and implement a broad range of educational programs for the home gardeners in our area. We enjoy the creativity of developing rewarding educational activities, the camaraderie of working together toward common goals, and the appreciation from other gardeners as they learn new skills and information. Applications to become a Master Gardener are open now through Sept. 30 to join the 15 week class starting January 2022.  To read about the class and application process visit mbmg.ucanr.edu. For specific questions, email [email protected]
Olallieberries are in at Prevadelli Farms
Visit prevedellifarms.com to view the selection of organic berries available to order on-line and pick up at the Corralitos farm or at several local farmers markets. There are also loganberries, boysenberries, raspberries and blackberries.
The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar including events, meetings, resources, or anything garden related, email [email protected]

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