Communal October & the Monthly Calendar of Regional Gardening Events


Autumn's arrival for me is accompanied by a renewed sense of community. Perhaps it is the return of regular school schedules, and the return of regular monthly meetings for garden clubs and organizations. Perhaps it is the primal sense of oncoming winter and a need to come together and prepare. Perhaps it's the anticipation and energy of the harvest – from the vast chartreuse rice fields and the statuesque almond, olive and walnut orchards running through our region, to the end-of-summer tomatoes, peppers, beans, and squash finishing up in our home gardens and now filling our kitchen counters, freezers and shelves. Cool, even cold, nights and days with a prospect of rain are returning. We are gathering, and we are planning and planting for the seasons to come. Photo: Rice fields, Central Valley in October.

Fellow gardener Wendy Brown of Chico shares that “This is indeed the season in which we plant our visions for spring....Do not forget about anemones when planting your bulbs, she urges. “It is the very moment to get anemones (and ranunculas) planted so they can get up before the weather goes cool and moist and before they're buried in leaves. I think they are one of the great undervalued and underused treats of early spring. They come in bold colors, begin by Valentine's Day if up before the cold, and bloom on and on as long as they get sun and water for about 2 months. They produce more blossoms--on good cutting stems--than any other bulb. Though not as spectacular as ranunculas, they are pretty good, come way earlier, and go on maybe twice as long.” Wendy recommends John Scheepers/Van Engelen online. "People can go in together and split the high shipping.”

Another sharing-minded fellow gardener Pam Geisel, who is the Statewide Director of the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program, helped me out when I sent out a plea asking for thoughts on tent caterpillars. Where the orb-weaving spiders of September are beautiful in their own way, tent caterpillars form a less enviable community that will denude whatever gets in the way. They are nightmarish. "Tent caterpillar can be a pain but if they are still isolated in their tents in the evening, you can just clip that part off and dump it into a bucket of soapy water," advises Pam. "You could also spray the tree with BT (Bacillus thuringiensis). This will work well if the tent caterpillars only hatched recently. If they are big (that is, they have gone through a molt or two already) they do not easily succumb to BT. If you wanted to use a pesticide, you should treat during the day while they are active and feeding and not inside their “tent”. Materials that would kill the caterpillars on contact would be cythuthrin, or any of the pyrethroid type insecticides. Bayer has one that you can use in a hose end sprayer. Or you can use Spinosad, which is an organic insecticide." Photo: Tent caterpillars wriggling around on a defoliated birch branch.

In my experience, gardeners - like Wendy and Pam - are by nature good sharers. A community minded lot, they share tips, advice, plants and plans. Not sure what to do in your garden right now? Visit your local garden club or plant society’s monthly meeting, ask your local master gardener group or your local nursery. Many nurseries, including Magnolia Gift & Garden and Tjs Nursery & Gifts in Chico, Wyntour Gardens in Redding and Trinity Nursery in Weaverville, put out free monthly or seasonal newsletters with timely, location specific, detailed advice. Photo: Late summer beauty in a Chico garden.

Community, fall sales, harvest festivals and gatherings seem to be a common thread in the upcoming month's gardening events around the region as well. The On-line Calendar of Regional Gardening Events at adds events throughout the month. I do my very best to keep the calendar up to date and accurate, please confirm all events with the event host. If you have an event you would like listed or if you are aware of a mistake on my calendar, please send all pertinent information to me at:! Thanks. Photo:



October 1 – Chico: Chico State Herbarium: Workshop Native Plants for Food and Health with Alicia Funk 9 am - 12 noon. Connect with our local landscape by learning how native plants provided a sustainable source of food and medicine for local inhabitants for thousands of years. Learn how to prepare and enjoy backyard fall and winter edibles such as Oak Nut (acorn) Bliss Bars, Beyond Cranberry Wild Berry Sauce, and Toyon Cider. Discover how native plants such as Yerba Santa and California Bay can help address common winter colds. Take a walk outdoors to identify the uses of plants in the field. Workshop Outline Food: Backyard Edibles for Fall • Prepare and taste Oak Nuts (acorns), Madrone berries, and Toyon berries. Health: Natives for the Common Cold • Integrate Yerba Santa and California Bay into the natural medicine cabinet for common winter colds and flu. Field Walk: Exploring Nature with Ethnobotanical Eyes (indoor slideshow if raining) • Identify plants in nature and learn common uses. Alicia Goldberg Funk first learned plant-based medicine in 1990 from an indigenous grandmother in Ecuador’s rainforest. She recently co- authored, “Living Wild: Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of the Sierra Nevada,” and is the editor of six books, including “The Botanical Safety Handbook,” “Herbal Medicine-The Expanded Commission E Monographs” and “The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs.” Her passion is creating everyday wellness for individuals and the planet. She lives off-the-grid with her husband and their three children. The workshop will meet Saturday October 1, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The registration fee is $45.00. Please register in advance; class size is limited to 20 participants (class cancelled without a minimum of 8 participants). For more information about workshop content please contact Alicia Funk at For more information about workshop registration please contact the Biology office at (530) 898-5356 or

October 1 – Mills Orchard: University of California Cooperative Extension in Glenn County: HOME OLIVE CURING WORKSHOP 9 - 11:30 am At the Historic Mills Orchard 7782 County Rd. 16, Mills Orchard, CA. $20. Learn how to successfully prepare four types of home cured olives from Bill Kruger, UC Olive Expert, and Pam Geisel, Statewide Director Master Gardener Program. To register, please make checks payable to UC Regents and mail to UC-CE P.O. Bx. 697 Orland, CA 95963, or register on-line at For more information call: 530-865-1107.

October 1 - Manton: 20th Annual Manton Apple Festival 9 am - 4 pm Manton School, 31345 Forward Rd. Manton. Rain or Shine. Craft and Food booths, activities and live music. Apple pies baked by the community are offered with ice cream all day. For more info: 530-474-1113.

October 1 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum: Guided Tour: It’s Oaktober! 10 am, Gazebo, Garrod Drive, UC Davis. The UC Davis Arboretum contains one of the nation’s largest collections of oak trees. In fall the oaks are ending their cycle, preparing to drop their seeds, and hunkering down for the winter. Learn more about the stages in the life of an oak and check out the great diversity of oak tree shapes, sizes, leaves and acorns during a free guided tour of Shields Oak Grove on Saturday, October 1. The tour will leave at 10:00 a.m. from the Gazebo, on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus. There is no charge for the tour, and free parking is available along Garrod Drive and in Visitor Lot 55. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit

October 1 - Los Molinas: 14th Annual Dairyville Orchard Festival 10 am - 4 pm. Lassen View Elementary School Hwy 99E Los Molinas. Celebrate local agriculture, artists and crafts. Funds raised support scholarships for local students. For more info:

October 1 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Charlie Rabbit and Friends 11 am. Presented by John & Betty Fitzpatrick. An interactive program in the Children’s Garden (or Greenhouse in rain) for children, their siblings, parents and grandparents. Join Charlie, our adorable jack rabbit puppet, in various gardening activities. Wear your favorite gardening clothes! Free with Park or Garden admission. Meet at West Garden Entrance. Take N. Market Street, turn on Arboretum Drive. Take the right fork. Parking lot and entrance are on the left. More info: 530-242-3178 or

October 1 – Chico: Gateway Science Museum: Plant Adventure with Alicia Funk 1 - 3 pm Following the morning class at the Chico State Herbarium, Alicia will be at the Gateway Science Museum for a hands-on activity and a book signing: 1-3 pm Cost: free with admission. Have you tasted manzanita sugar or an oak nut (acorn) bliss bar? Our local landscape offers many plants that are useful for food and health and these plants sustained indigenous people without grocery stores for thousands of years. Come explore native plants through a treasure hunt, create a native plant journal and learn to turn acorns into delicious desserts. Join visiting instructor and author, Alicia Funk, in an interactive program for all ages: • Go on a treasure hunt to identify native plants. • Learn to turn acorns into food. • Create a native plant journal • Taste wild food desserts and drinks. • Signed copies of the new local guidebook: "Living Wild—Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of the Sierra Nevada," will be available for purchase.

October 1 – Redding: Shasta College 2nd Annual Harvest Fest 4:30 pm Farm tours, bids, brews and bites at 6 pm. Fund raiser for the Agriculture, Horticulture, Equipment Operations and Natural Resources programs. Tickets are $30 and available at the Shasta College Foundation Office, or on-line at Shasta College Farm 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding.

October 2 - Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society - Field Trip: Maidu Medicine Walk with Wes Dempsey 9 am; Meet at Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park (Parking area E) at 9 am for a short, one-mile walk to see about 30 of the plants used by the local Maidu Indians for medicine, food, and crafts. Soaproot for cleansing suds and catching fish, elderberry for flutes and clappers, gray pine for skin ointment and food, and many others. Over at noon. Leader: Wes Dempsey 530-342-2293. For more information:

October 2 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum: Turtle Talk & Tour1-3 p.m., Wyatt Deck, Old Davis Road, UC Davis, Professor Brad Shaffer, UC Davis Dept. of Evolution & Ecology. The Arboretum waterway is home to the native western pond turtle (a declining species) as well as a host of non-native, exotic turtles, many of them former pets that have been released into the creek. UC Davis Professor of Evolution and Ecology Brad Shaffer and his students have studied the Arboretum pond turtle population for over a decade. Join Professor Shaffer for an engaging talk about their research on the interactions of native and introduced turtles, followed by a tour of favorite turtle basking spots. All ages are welcome at this free event, which will take place on Sunday, October 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Wyatt Deck, adjacent to the Redwood Grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Free parking is available in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and A Street. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit

October 5 - Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Regular Monthly meeting and Program on: Plant Colors…Beauty and Science all Around Us by Jim Bishop 7:30 pm Butte County Library, Chico. Jim Bishop will discuss the science of fall color in plants, as well as the why—how do plant colors arise, how do conditions such as acidity change pigment colors, what purpose do they serve? The interesting questions are endless (and not all of the answers are known). You’ll gain some background that will enrich your understanding and appreciation of plant colors, and you’ll have new questions of your own. And much of the program will be just to enjoy the beauty of the rich and varied colors displayed by plants…flowers, fruits, leaves, and stems…from deserts to mountaintops, from shrublands to fall-color forests and woodlands. For more information: Photo: Colorful Late summer peppers, photo courtesy of Jim Bishop.

October 5 - Chico: Gateway Science Museum: Fall 2011 MWOW lecture series TREASURES OF THE NORTH STATE featuring Steve Zachary of National Park Service, "Lassen Volcanic National Park - Land of Volcanoes, Land of Renewal" 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. MWOW lectures are on Wednesday evenings and begin promptly at 7:30 pm at the Chico Area Recreation District Center (CARD), 545 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico. A donation of $3 per adult is requested. Students with IDs are free. Question and answer period will follow each program. For more info: or call: 530-898-4121.

October 8 - Weaverville: Annual Salmon Festival and Heritage Fruit Tasting 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at 691 Main Street, Weaverville. Carol Fall with UCCE will have samples of some of Trinity County’s heirloom fruit for people to taste. For more information on Trinity County’s 2011 Salmon Festival call: 800-487-4648 or 530-623-6101.

October 8 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: 5th Annual FALL PLANT SALE 8 am - 10 am Member pre-sale. 10 am - 2 pm General Public welcome. Now is the perfect time to get those regionally appropriate, regionally grown and adapted, BEAUTIFUL perennials and natives you've been longing for. Meet at the Arboretum & Botanical Garden's Office (1135 Arboretum Drive next to Nursery Greenhouse. Meet at West Garden Entrance. Take N. Market Street, turn on Arboretum Drive. Take the right fork. Parking lot and entrance are on the left. More info: 530-242-3178 or

October 8 - Anderson: Gover Ranch Events Garden: Roses and Rust Vintage Home and Garden Market 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. in the fabulous location, the GOVER RANCH EVENTS GARDEN, 3774 Gover Road, Anderson, CA, 96007. Admission is $5.00 which includes a raffle ticket for a BIG gift basket. Children under 16 are free! Awarded the honor of being one of the Top 10 Romantic Flea Markets in the Nation by Romantic Homes Magazine in August 2011, we are even more inspired to create an event that showcases businesses and provides beauty and inspiration to all who attend. What you will find is fabulous treasures for your home and garden from French Chic to Rustic Farm Chic, Up-cycled, Salvaged and Re-Purposed goods, plus hand-crafted jewelry, food, music, and more! For more info:

October 8 - Paradise: Mendons Nursery: Pumpkin Contest Weigh-in and Fruit tasting 10 am. Come view the results of over 100 entrants signed up to "Grow a Giant Pumpkin." Prizes to be awarded. Attendees taste fruit of all varieties, sponsored by Burchell Nursery, premier fruit tree grower. Free. Mendons Nursery 5424 Foster Road Paradise.

October 8 - Redding: Community Teaching Garden, Shasta College Main Campus - Workshop: Food Drying and Storage 10 am - 12 noon. Room 812, Shasta College Main Campus. What to do with all that produce you grew? This workshop will cover effective and low-cost methods for drying and preparing food for long-term storage. Also, learn effective long-term storage of vegetables, fruit, nuts, and grains. Presenter is a local bio-dynamic farmer who has farmed for over 30 years. Presenter: Ron Epperson Fee: 15.00 PLEASE PRE-REGISTER! For registration info, call (530) 242-7630 or go to, and click on “Pathways”

October 8 - Redding: Shasta Rose Society: ANNUAL ROSE SHOW For more information:

October 8 – Chico: CHICO GARDEN SHARE: Probiotic Bokashi Workshop and Sheet Mulching a Winter Garden Bed 10:00am - 12:00pm 819 Orient St, Chico, CA. Chico Garden Share and Aagb Biotics. Come on down and learn about the amazing uses of Bokashi for your garden and kitchen scraps, and learn to make your own! We will also be building a sheet mulch, no-dig bed for a winter garden that you can put anywhere, even on concrete or grass, because you don't need to dig, you just build it up! Bokashi goes in the bed too, creating amazingly healthy plants. A brief introduction on Probiotic Beneficial Microorganisms in gardening and agriculture for a healthier environment: The ability of these beneficial microbes to inhibit pathogens, neutralizing environmental toxins and improving overall soil and plant health is just simply phenomenal. We will also go through a simple step-by-step Bokashi Indoor Composting Demo. There is also a Bokashi making workshop at the end for anyone who is interested in culturing and making their own Probiotic Bokashi, a wonderful way to compost your kitchen scraps indoors. For more info:

October 8 – Chico: Chico State Herbarium: Workshop Home Vermiculture and Vermicomposting with Ward Habriel 9 am - 12 noon. Friends of the Chico State Herbarium and are hosting this half-day workshop about home vermiculture and vermicomposting. Vermicom- posting is a method of composting using special composting worms. Ward Habriel, dynamic master composter and former Organic Garden Manager for the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, will lead this in-depth workshop on home composting with worms. The workshop will cover the what, when, where, and how of vermicompost- ing and vermiculture to produce amazing and beneficial plant food and fertilizer. We will explore various scales of vermicomposting, from worm bins appropriate for “under the counter apartment living” to large backyard garden bins. All needed materials and handouts will be provided, and the workshop will include two ten-minute breaks. The workshop will be held indoors, in the Chico State Herbarium in Holt Hall room 129. The workshop will meet Saturday October 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Holt Hall room 129 at CSU Chico. The registration fee is $20.00. Please register in advance; class size is limited to 25 participants (class cancelled without a minimum of 8 participants). For more information about workshop content please contact Jenny Marr, of Friends of the Chico State Herbarium, at For information about registra- tion please contact the Biology office at or (530) 898-5356.

October 8 & 9 – Chico: Sierra Oro Farm Trail Weekend Over 28 destination farms and vineyards on this year's tour in the Oroville, Chico, Paradise regions. Welcome to California’s premier agritourism destination where you can taste why we are as proud of what we farm as much as where we farm. The Sierra Oro Farm Trail highlights not only an enthusiasm for local agriculture but also an excitement to share it with your family. Our member farms and wineries share the bounty and heritage of Butte County agriculture by opening their doors for tastings and tours. For more info:

October 8 & 9 - Butte Valley: Butte College Nursery Annual Fall Plant Sale 10 am - 5 pm both days. 30% off all plant material and 50% off selected items! For more information contact Butte College Nursery: 3536 Butte Campus Drive Oroville, CA 95965 (530) 895-2515

October 9 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum: Plant Sale: Growing a Green Future Public sale: 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery, Garrod Drive, UC Davis. Anyone who grows plants in their yard, garden, or home, or would like to, will want to attend the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale on Sunday, October 9. The sale, on the theme of “Growing a Green Future,” will feature hundreds of varieties of great plants for sustainable Central Valley gardens, including Arboretum All-Stars (the Arboretum experts’ top recommended plants) and a great selection of native plants. Get expert advice on working with your garden conditions from Arboretum staff and volunteers—learn how you can save water, reduce pollution, support native pollinators, and still enjoy a beautiful home landscape. Graduate students in plant pathology will staff a Plant Doctor clinic; bring samples of your problem plants sealed in plastic bags for diagnosis and advice. This year the Arboretum is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and as part of the celebration, the sale will feature 75 favorite plants of Arboretum staff, members, and volunteers. Special signs will highlight these plants, with quotes from these dedicated gardeners describing what it is that they love about their selected plants, why they grow them, and the special uses they have found for them. The public sale will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive, across from the School of Veterinary Medicine on the UC Davis campus. Free parking is available in Visitor Lot 55 across from the nursery. Anyone may join or renew at the gate for a 10% member discount. New members get a free plant. For more information, directions, and a plant list, visit or call (530) 752-4880.

October 10 - Paradise: Paradise Garden Club Regular Member Meeting and Program 12:30 meet at Terry Ashe Recreation Center Terry Ashe Rec Center at 12:30. More info: email Kay Perkins: or go to:

October 12 – Magalia: Magalia Beautification Association's Regular Monthly Meeting and Program Luncheon starts at 12:30, business at 1:00. Prospective members welcome! Corner of Wycliff Way and Racine Circle, Magalia CA 95954 For more information:

October 15 - Redding: Pilgrim Congregational Church Annual Plant Exchange 9 – 11, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC located at 2850 Foothill Blvd., (near Manzanita School) – off Eureka Way at Almond Ave. Have extra/unwanted plants that are too good to toss in the green waste container, but don’t know how else they might be used? That’s where the Exchange comes in. Bring your plants that are looking for new homes - take new ones home! You don’t have to bring plants, just come and see if there are any plants that interest you! If so, they’re yours – free! Last year we had people bringing pick-up loads of great plants left over from perennial dividing. Others donated iris divisions - in individually marked plastic bags. There were annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, fruit trees, berries, succulents, grasses, herbs, ground covers and house plants. Not only did people bring/take plants, they had a good time ‘talking garden’. At the same time, the church will also be having a book sale. For more info: Pilgrim Congregational Church, 530-243-3121

October 15 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum: Guided Tour: Knowing Our Native Plants 10 a.m., Wyatt Deck, Old Davis Road, UC Davis. Enjoy the crisp fall weather and learn about the diversity, adaptability, and beauty of California native plants during a free public tour of the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday, October 15. Native plants are popular with gardeners because they are adapted to our climate and they support native birds and pollinators. The tour leader will point out plants that stand out in the fall garden for glowing colors, ornamental seed pods, or other special features. The tour will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Wyatt Deck, located on Old Davis Road next to the Arboretum redwood grove. Free parking is available in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and A Street. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit

October 15 - Durham: Hodge's Nursery & Gifts: Fall Fest! 10 am - 3 pm. Celebrate Fall. At Hodge's, with vendors offering more unique shopping choices & great sales on many of the plants. Get ready for the Holidays at the nursery. There will be a few gardening speakers that day, a Food Booth by Relay for Life teams - Durham Blossoms & Buds, Games, a Grand Prize (or 2), lots of raffle prizes, a costume contest, as well as plenty of sales & discounted items through out the nursery & gift shop. 9681 Midway Durham, CA

October 19 – Fair Oaks: Fair Oaks Horticultural Center/Sacramento Master Gardeners: Open Garden Day 11 am - 2 pm. See how to winterize your water-wise garden. Fall is a beautiful time to walk through the demonstration gardens and note what you'd like for next year! Ask us! For more info go to:

October 19 - Chico: Chico Horticultural Society: Regular Member Meeting & Program by John Whittlesey on More Life, Less Lawn 9:30 am - 12 noon. All are welcome! The society gathers for coffee, treats and socializing at 9:30 and the month's educational program begins at 10 am. This month's program features renowned plantsman John Whittlesey of Canyon Creek Nursery & Design walking through how to replace unused lawn with vibrant, colorful garden. For more information on program or Chico Hort Membership: or call 530-588-6369. Photo: A lively, colorful garden where once neglected lawn grew. Design and installation by John Whittlesey of Canyon Creek Nursery & Design

October 19 - Chico: Gateway Science Museum: Fall 2011 MWOW lecture series TREASURES OF THE NORTH STATE featuring Jennifer Jewell of Northstate Public Radio's In a North State Garden, "California Natives in the Garden - They Belong There!" 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. MWOW lectures are on Wednesday evenings and begin promptly at 7:30 pm at the Chico Area Recreation District Center (CARD), 545 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico. A donation of $3 per adult is requested. Students with IDs are free. Question and answer period will follow each program. For more info: or call: 530-898-4121.

October 20 - Chico: Northstate Public Radio's Fall Pledge Drive In a North State Garden Program Special on Pollinators all Around Us 10 am - 11 am. Jennifer Jewell will be joined on-air by Forest Service Botanist, home-gardener and bug-lover Jenny Marr and plantsman, photographer and garden designer John Whittlesey to discuss the joys and struggles of the pollinators and other insects upon whom all plants depend. The discussion will include plant and garden design ideas on how to support the insects we need and love. KCHO, Chico 91.7 fm, and KFPR, Redding 88.9 fm. If you're a fan of In a North State Garden, make your pledge now - or during the special call-in program. Photo: A satisfied pollinating bee on an aster. Photo courtesy of John Whittlesey of Canyon Creek Nursery & Design.

October 21 - Chico: CA Smart Gardening Symposium 2011 8 am - 4 pm Chico Masonic Center. Sponsored by the UC MAster Gardener Program, a day long symposium on smart gardening techniques and practices for California Gardeners. Among a day of noted speakers, keynote address will be given by Rosalind Creasy on Edible Landscaping and Maximizing your gardens potential. For more information, go to:

October 21 - Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society - Field Trip: CSU, Chico Campus Tree Tours with Wes Dempsey Meet at 10 am in front of Bidwell Mansion in Chico. Parking is free for participants. This is the 125th anniversary of CSU, Chico campus so we will be featuring the many fine trees that were in existence or planted about that time by the Bidwells: European lindens, American chestnuts, California incense cedars, water oaks, English and east white oaks, London planes, southern magnolia, pecans, turkey oak, and others. Ends about 11:45. Leaders: Wes Dempsey 530-342-2293 and Gerry Ingco 530-893-5123. For more information:

October 22 - Redding: Community Teaching Garden, Shasta College Main Campus - Workshop: Medicine Making/Herbal Tonics 10 am - 12 noon. Teaching Garden, Shasta College Main Campus. Learn to render medicinal herbs into useful preparations for health and well-being. Presenter is local Wintu herbalist and wild plant expert known for his local plant remedies. He is a certified herbalist and owner of Mountain Wintu Herbs. Presenter: Ted Dawson, Fee: $15. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER! For registration info, call (530) 242-7630 or go to, and click on “Pathways”

October 22 - Red Bluff: Red Bluff Garden Club presents Holiday Fantasy Floral Design Program & Luncheon Featuring Kate Gliem, owner House of Design, Red Bluff 9:30 am doors open. $25 reserve tickets. Last Date to purchase tickets is October 12, 2011. Vendors, live auction, silent auction, raffle and plated lunch. Reserve your tickets by calling Kathy: 530-527-9403 or Diane: 530-824-5661. Also at, House of Design 530-527-8844 or California Kitchen 530-529-2482.

October 22 - Chico: Butte Rose Society 17 ANNUAL ROSE SHOW: FESTIVAL OF ROSES The 17th Annual rose and arrangement rose show sponsored by the Butte Rose Show will be on Oct 22 from 1-4 pm at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church Social Hall located at 566 East Lassen Ave. This year's theme is "Festival of Roses". The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in entering any one of the numerous categories or needs more information may contact Alicia Stewart-Rose Show Chair at 891-3301. For more information:

October 24 - Redding: Growing Local Shasta General Meeting and Food Day Pot Luck 6:00 pm First United Methodist Church, 1825 East Street, Redding. For more info email

October 24 - Colusa: Colusa Garden Club Regular Member Meeting and Program 6:30 pm at St. Stephen's Church, 642 Webster St. in Colusa. We have a short social time with refreshments followed by a short business meeting and a program. Prospective Members and interested guests welcome! For more information:

October 25 - Chico: Butte Rose Society General Member Meeting, Little Rose Show and program: An Integrated Approach to establishing a Rose and Edible Garden by Baldo Villegas 6:30 pm gather, 7 pm meeting and program begin. Chico Veterans Memorial Hall at 554 Rio Lindo Ave. Baldo Villegas is an entomolgist by training and profession, an American Rose Society Master Consulting Rosarian and a member of the Sacramento Rose Society. Baldo is renowned in California rose circles as an informed and interesting speaker and an excellent photographer. Currently he is in the process of establishing a new garden on two acres and so far has 400 roses in the ground. While he does use commercial (synthetic) pesticides when needed, his goal is to establish a garden that is abundant in edible plants and perennials to attract a wide range of beneficial insects. He grows a wide variety of roses and is particularly interested in single roses and their ability to attract “good” insects. Baldo’s talk will be of interest to rosarians and master gardeners and will cover his integrated approach to establishing his new garden.For more information:

October 26 - Chico: Gateway Science Museum: Fall 2011 MWOW lecture series TREASURES OF THE NORTH STATE featuring Kim Ornellas, CSU, Chico and Arlene Ward, Mechoopda-Maidu Tribe "The Mechoopda Maidu and Nome Cult Walk" 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. MWOW lectures are on Wednesday evenings and begin promptly at 7:30 pm at the Chico Area Recreation District Center (CARD), 545 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico. A donation of $3 per adult is requested. Students with IDs are free. Question and answer period will follow each program. For more info: or call: 530-898-4121.

October 27 - Lake California: Lake California Garden Club hosts CGCI's Cascade District meeting and Keynote address by Jennifer Jewell: California Natives in the Garden: They Belong There! 12 - 2:30 Lake California Club House. This month the club will be hosting the district meeting for the California Garden Clubs Cascade District. Keynote Speaker Jennifer Jewell will present on Natives: They Belong in the Garden, and the meeting will feature vendors, booths and more. For more information contact: Bonnie Falardeau, Cottonwood, CA email:

October 27 – Paradise: Saturen Studio Botanical Illustration Classes - Fall Session III begins 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm every Thursday for 4 weeks: Oct 27 - Nov 17, 2011. 10 yrs to Adult. Create scientific illustrations of exotic flowers, leafy foliage, tantalizing fruit, and seeds – even carnivorous species. Draw flora to scale, add texture, shadows, and balance as you transfer visual references to paper. Sharpen your drawing skills and pencils as you learn techniques that create 3-dimensional drawings that appear to pop out of the paper! Terry Ashe Recreation Center in Paradise, California Paradise Recreation and Park District (PRPD) Supplies list available at PRPD office. FEE: $30.00 INSTRUCTOR: Ben Saturen. More info please email:

October 29 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Ornamental Grasses in the Garden 11 am. With their variety of form, size, and texture, ornamental grasses have earned their place in the garden. Join Turtle Bay Horticulture Manager Lisa Endicott for this informative class covering grasses, rushes, sedges, and restios, followed by a tour of the 50+ species growing in the Gardens and offered for sale in the Nursery. Attend a Plant Talk and receive a coupon for an extra 10% off Nursery purchases made on the day of the class. Free for Turtle Bay Members and volunteers, nonmembers $3 Meet at the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office (1135 Arboretum Drive next to Nursery Greenhouse) Take N. Market Street, turn on Arboretum Drive. Take the right fork. Nursery on immediate left. More info: 530-242-3178 or

October 29 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Walk With Lisa Endicott, Horticultural Manager 11 am. Bring your notebooks and camera! We’ll make our way through the Gardens with frequent stops for discussions about (what else?) plants! Free with Park or Garden admission. Meet at West Garden Entrance. Take N. Market Street, turn on Arboretum Drive. Take the right fork. Parking lot and entrance are on the left. More info: 530-242-3178 or

And the month ends – as it always does – on one of my favorite holidays in the garden: Halloween is October 31.

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In a North State Garden is a weekly Northstate Public Radio and web-based program celebrating the art, craft and science of home gardening in Northern California. Made possible in part by the Gateway Science Museum - Exploring the Natural History of the North State and on the campus of CSU, Chico, In a North State Garden is conceived, written, photographed and hosted by Jennifer Jewell - all rights reserved In a North State Garden airs on Northstate Public Radio Saturday mornings at 7:34 AM Pacific time and Sunday morning at 8:34 AM Pacific time. Podcasts of past shows are available here.


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