Time To Load Up Those Garden Carts


The gardeners’ delight that is the Shasta College Horticulture Club’s Spring Plant Sale is set for this Thursday through Saturday, April 15 through 17, at the college in Redding.

Now in its 39th year, the Spring Plant Sale is well-known for its big selection and reasonable prices. Vegetable starts, fruit trees, annuals and perennials, native plants, grasses, groundcovers – the sale has just about every sort of plant a backyard gardener needs. This year’s event is emphasizing sustainable gardening and draught-tolerant landscaping, said Leimone Waite, the college’s horticulture instructor.

“The focus of our sale is on edible landscaping and water-wise plants,” Waite said. “I have a student growing organic-raised vegetable starts. We have quite a selection of those. We have a wide variety of unusual vegetables – canning tomatoes and rhubarb and that sort of thing.”

The Horticulture Club also has more fruit trees and berry starts than it has offered in past years.

Proceeds from the annual event help fund the department and pay for horticulture club field trips and student enrichment, according to Waite. This year, for example, the club attended an international horticulture competition in Atlanta. As usual, the club will donate unused vegetable starts to the Rescue Mission’s farm.

Organizers restock supplies every day, but I can tell you from experience that earlier is better for the best selection. The sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Shasta College Farm in the northeast corner of campus. You may contact Waite for more information, 242-2210.

Those of you on the other side of town might want to consider Grant School’s spring plant sale and fundraiser for the school’s garden project. The sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, and organizers promise to have a large variety of heirloom and organic vegetables, melons, herbs, seed packets, compost and worm starter kits. Grant Preschool, next door to the main school at Placer Road and Swasey Drive, is the location.


• Who says there’s no cultural diversity in Shasta County? The Sikh Centre in Anderson, just off Corner Way (which is just off Deschutes Road) is hosting the Vaisakhi Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 17. There will be martial arts demonstrations, folk music and dancing, educational displays and – best of all – free Punjabi food. For more information, call 921-4185.

• “So, you want to start a business?” is the name of a workshop scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on April 21 at the Shasta College Small Business Development Center, 1420 Butte Street, in Redding. This will be a short introduction to the basics of developing a new business venture, such as business planning, market entry strategies, organizational structure and financing. The cost is $10, and seating is limited. Call the Small Business Development Center for reservations, 225-2770.

• We’ve been writing about all of the great runs, rides, triathlons and other outdoor events in these parts. But those events are only as good as their volunteers. The organizers of two events – the Lemurian mountain bike race on April 24, and the Blazing Saddles Mountain Bike Race Series in May and early June – have put out the call for volunteers. If you’re a mountain biker who isn’t racing, this is your chance to give back. For the Lemurian, contact Jan Hanks at bandj737@sbcglobal.net. For Blazing Saddles, contact Therese Conner at 941-6191.

shigley-mugshotPaul Shigley is senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and co-author of Guide to California Planning, a reference book and college text. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley may be reached at pauls.anewscafe@gmail.com.

has been a professional journalist since 1987. For 12 years, he served as editor or senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a statewide trade publication for land use planners, real estate development professionals and attorneys. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Redding, Grass Valley, Napa and Calistoga. Shigley's work also has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Planning magazine, Governing magazine, California Law Week, National Speed Sport News and elsewhere. In addition, he is co-author of Guide to California Planning, a college text and reference book, and is currently working on a book for the American Planning Association about the Bay Delta and California water resources. A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Shigley has contributed to A News Cafe since 2009. He and his wife, Dana, live in western Shasta County.
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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Dana Shigley says:

    Okay, I have quietly sat by long enough! I would like to clarify a couple points. First, my husband does have a great interest in organic gardening. However, his interest is really in just one aspect: the results. He'll eat anything I grow, happily proclaiming that all the trouble of gardening "is so worth it!" (Okay, I admit, he is pretty helpful with pouring beer in all those old cat-food cans to lure earwigs to their drunken death). Second, a correction in the sixth paragraph: the sentence "I can tell you from experience" should read "I can tell you from my wife's experience."

    Just wanted to clarify. And maybe coerce him into joining me on this weekend's plant sale adventure.

    -Dana (the wife)

  2. Avatar Paul Shigley says:

    Pay no attention to my wife. She can't remember what she ate for breakfast, so it's not surprising her memory is hazy on the countless plant sales I have attended, 10,000 cubic yards of planting mix and mushroom compost I have unloaded, and hours I've spent saving the garden from the ravages of tomato hornworms.

  3. Avatar Jim Dyar says:

    He's reaping the benefits without getting his hands dirty? Well it's his loss for not experiencing the deep satisfaction of growing something from the ground.
    In truth, almost everyone enjoys organic homegrown food better when they taste it and compare to mass-produced produce.
    Paul understands the Guy Clark principle: "There's only two things that money can't buy — that's true love and homegrown tomatoes."