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Fall Seminar - The Informed Home Gardener

Join us on Oct. 2 for the annual Master Gardener fall seminar, The Informed Home Gardener. This day of classes and a garden marketplace at San Diego’s Marina Village will educate and inspire gardeners, young and old, experienced and newcomers.

Seminar goers can choose among 9 classes offered in three sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cost of each class is $15-$20.

Plants, 2011 Master Gardener Calendar, handcrafted birdhouses, owl boxes and used garden items will be sold at the Marketplace open to seminar goers and the general public. Marketplace hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash and checks accepted; sorry no credit/debit cards. For more on the marketplace, click here.

Here’s the exciting class lineup:

Pat Welsh
Pat Welsh on growing bulbs. Del Mar best-selling author Pat Welsh will use slides, demonstrations and a detailed handout to show you how to choose, plant and grow bulbs, whether you have a drought tolerant garden, a tiny conventional garden, or only a patio or porch. Fall is the time to plant bulbs in Southern California, so come learn a few tricks.

Ron Oliver
Chef Ron Oliver on making the most of your edible harvest. Oliver, chef de cuisine at La Jolla’s Marine Room, will show you how to turn the gardening fruits of your labor into tasty dishes for friends and family. He will provide tips on how to plan your garden strategically for the kitchen. Chef Ron is an avid supporter of locally grown, organic food and sustainable agriculture.


Don and Laura Starr on succulent selection and care. This couple, owners of the Grateful Shed, will share tips and tricks gained from their experience growing, propagating, utilizing and caring for succulents in both containers and the landscape. If you are new to collecting and using succulents OR find you are not having the success with them that you’d like, this class is for you.

Amelia B. Lima on contemporary landscape design. Lima will speak on Roberto Burle Marx, a designer of contemporary landscapes, who was concerned with sustainability long before it became popular. He fought to preserve Brazil’s rain forests and other precious ecosystems. Lima, a student of his and popular local landscape designer in her own right, will explore this fascinating man and his work, and how his legacy continues today to move and motivate garden lovers around the world.

Carvill Veech on holiday floral designs.  A veteran Master Gardener and award winning floral designer and judge, Veech will share her tips and secrets on turning garden ‘trash’ into treasured holiday floral designs. Take this class and see why some garden “trash” is actually treasure. Learn how these and other garden “finds” can be transformed into beautiful floral design material as well as conversation pieces for your holiday décor.

Sam Andrasko on growing your own mushrooms. Andrasko, president of the San Diego Mycological Society, will give a presentation on how to incorporate edible and medicinal mushrooms into the flow of your garden. He will provide detailed information on establishing outdoor beds, fungal recycling centers, and how fungi can be utilized to increase your garden’s moisture holding capacity.

Carolyn Kinnon on responsible pest control for edible gardens. Kinnon will show you how Integrated Pest Management techniques can help you grow healthy crops and win the battle against pests. This class is designed for beginning gardeners, and will give information on ways to prevent pest and disease problems.

del Hotal
Tom del Hotal on the “real dirt” about soils. A nurseryman for more than three decades and horticulture instructor, del Hotel will discuss our native soils and how to improve them for maximum plant vigor. He also will provide an overview of potting soils.

Judy Macomber on landscapes for dog-lovers. The publisher of Pet Publications, Macomber will share her experience as both a pet owner and Master Gardener in planning and maintaining a dog-friendly garden design.

For class times and a downloadable registration form, click here.
Registration deadline is September 22.
Questions about the seminar, other Master Gardener events or home gardening are answered by Master Gardener volunteers Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on our Hortline, (858) 694-2860.