by Charlene Burgi
We had a great turnout and a great time at our most recent Bay-Friendly workshop, “Year-Round Edible Gardening.” If you weren’t able to make it, you can capture the moment by visiting our Facebook page to see photos!
There are only two Bay-Friendly workshops left in our spring series. April 10 will feature a class near and dear to our hearts: “Gardening to Manage Pests Naturally.” That means finding the least toxic methods of effectively dealing with “bad” insects. Often, it is as simple as inviting other insects into the garden by planting certain flowers. Come to the Marin Art & Garden Center’s Livermore Room from 9:00 a.m. – noon this Saturday to learn these treasured tidbits.
In addition, mark your calendar for the “Go Natives” class on May 1. This workshop will also be held at Marin Art & Garden in the Livermore Room from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Right now native plants are putting on a spring show of varied hues, including the blue seen in Ceanothus, magenta reds from Cercis, purples from the Pacific Coast iris, and an array of colors from our wildflowers. The long rainy season has brought out the best in our natives. Learn how to capture them in your garden.
To register for either Bay-Friendly class, click here.
The Urban Farmer Store is hosting water management classes on select Tuesday evenings at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, through spring and summer. Click here for more information and registration.
The annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is coming up May 15. We need volunteers to help with sign-ins, distributing material and answering questions regarding the forty gardens on tour. Volunteers will receive a special t-shirt and three free admission tickets. Shifts are 3.5 hours, leaving plenty of time to see other gardens on the tour. Please contact MMWD at (415) 945-1521 to volunteer. For more information about the tour—and how to get tickets if you aren’t volunteering—please click here.
Finally, if you haven’t taken advantage of our “Save Your Green, Save Our Blue” coupon program, don’t delay! Many of our retailers are providing dollar savings for materials needed for your garden water savings for a limited time only. Browse and print coupons here.