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The Rhythm of the Seasons: November & the Calendar of Regional Gardening Events


I think it starts with the pomegranates and pumpkins of October, but it’s hard to put my finger on exactly. Something about this time of year begins a seasonal journey of tradition and ritual. Once it begins, it sort of carries me along – like a leaf bobbing along on the ripples sent out by a pebble dropped into the water.

This mostly comforting, fairly consistent seasonal rhythm from harvest and Halloween to fall planting, Thanksgiving and on to the December holidays, then the New Year and planning of the next crops in the vegetable garden – carries me right through to mid-January, where it drops me off to start another round of seasonal rhythms.

During this time the view in the garden goes through what for me are some of its most moving seasonal changes: Pumpkins and pomegranates give way to lemons, oranges and holiday greens. I watch the daily arc of the sun become angled, softer. Iridescent and sometimes arrestingly beautiful shades of red and orange, pink and gold settle into the oaks each evening. Each evening is consistently colder, and the blue oaks change their garb a little more each day: the dark, firm blue-green of summer, changes to the mottled rusts, browns and yellows of late Fall. The little shapely leaves begin to drop – a few more each day rustling their way to the ground where they mulch my garden beds and round out my compost piles. Photo: Courtesy of Derral Campbell: Autumn Rose hips on the Trinity River.

In time the trees will stand proudly – their bare branches declaring the spare beauty of winter’s relative simplicity.

Sometimes the reliable rhythms of our seasons get a little unexpected jolt – like when the earthquake of October 26th woke me with a start from sound sleep at 11:37 pm. Such a jolts might remind me that the rhythm of the seasons should not pull me under, or lull me into complacency. They should help to ground me – keeping me aware and appreciative. Photo: The seismometer at Gateway Science Museum in Chico illustrated the energy sent out by the Oct 26th earthquake.

I am cutting back the dead and the spent, top-dressing my beds with compost mulch. The foothills have had their first killing frosts, but most of us on the valley floor have not. Don’t be too quick to cut back plants that are still actively flowering – on cold-morning/warm afternoons days the pollinating bees, butterflies moths and hummingbirds are still very active and they will reward your patience. In preparation for the coming rains and snow, garden experts recommend applying an organic 0-10-10 fertilizer to just about all of your plants other than citrus right now. This balanced fertilizer will give the root systems of your plants a boost for their winter work beneath the soil without adding any nitrogen, which would promote unwanted green growth.

We are still in a really good window for the planting of new perennials, shrubs and trees. In the vegetable garden, the coming weeks should be good for direct sowing bok choy, lettuces, onion sets, peas, radish and spinach and finishing up your planting of garlic. Kalan Redwood of Redwood Seeds advises: “Garlic is best planted October and November in the North State. Ideally you want to get it in after the rains return so you don’t have to irrigate.” Photo: A late summer blooming perennial, California fuchsia (Zauschneria). Photo courtesy of John Whittlesey, Canyon Creek Nursery & Design.

Late October and November’s calendar of regional gardening events gives us many seasonal events to choose from. The On-line Calendar of Regional Gardening Events at jewellgarden.com 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 the calendar, please send all pertinent information to: Jennifer@jewellgarden.com! Thanks!

OCTOBER

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 www.turtlebay.org/nursery

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 www.turtlebay.org/nursery

October 29 & 30 – Chico: Chico Fall Home and Garden Show 10 am – 5 pm. Adults: $5, Seniors: $4, children free with a paying adult. Over 350 exhibits and services focusing on home and yard improvements. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds Chico, California. For More Info: http://www.chicohomeshow.com/

October 29 & 30 – Redding: Fall Home & Holiday Show 10 am – 6 pm. $4. Shasta District Fairgrounds, 1890 Briggs St., Anderson. Features hundreds of booths, demonstrations, products and exhibits for homes in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating. Cost $4. Go to www.reddinghomeexpo.com.

October 30 – Sacramento: California Native Plant Demonstration Garden, Historic City Cemetery – Day of The Dead Fiesta and Garden Tour 10 am – 1 pm. Located in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Celebrate Sacramento’s ancestors for El Dia de los Muertos with the California Native Plant Society as they kick off their fall planting season with wildflower seed sowing and more. Enjoy: the native plants and seeds and bee houses for sale, wildflower sowing, garden tour, skull painting for the kids, raffle, and complimentary refreshments. This event is free. To find the garden, enter the cemetery on Broadway at 10th Street. Follow the signs to our garden. Our helpful volunteers will help you find your way. Limited parking within cemetery and more free parking located across the street from the cemetery entry at the Sacramento Works building parking lot. For more information: visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/CaliforniaNativePlantGarden or our website www.sacvalleycnps.org. You can also email us at cnpsgarden@gmail.com or call (916) 374-8116.

Photo: Native Toyon wearing its fall and winter red berry regalia.

October 30 – Chico: The Plant Barn – Workshop on Backyard Bees with Selby Apiaries! 2 pm. Bee-keeper Fred Selby will join us to talk about his passion: the importance of Bees and how easy it is to have your own little hive, which will lead to more wild hives in the community. Please call to reserve a seat for the class! 406 Entler Ave Chico, Ca 95928 530-345-3121/fax 530-345-5354 www.theplantbarn.com

Photo: Native bee in a native Calachortus. Bucks’ Lake.

October 31 – HALLOWEEN

NOVEMBER

November 2 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Regular Monthly meeting and Program “In the Company of Flowers” by John Whittlesey 7:30 pm Butte County Library, Chico. Observations of Flowers and Insects as seen through a macro lens John will share his enthusiasm for viewing the intimate world of wildflowers (and some cultivated flowers) and their companions; bees, flies, butterflies, moths and spiders through macro (close-up) photographs. Macro photography of insects requires patience and a degree of quickness. Walking into a setting whether mountain meadow or masses of flowers in a garden, camera in hand, I stand and watch for several minutes to take in all the action; bumble bees, honey bees, large butterflies are the first to be seen, listening intently I might hear the different buzzing of other bee species or maybe the high pitched whine of the bee fly. And as the eye gets adjusted the world of the tiny, hover flies comes into focus. While taking in all this activity, there might be that something larger, usually just one, that catches the eye, and the chase is on to follow and attempt to photograph whatever it might be – the clear wing moth that visited the nursery for a week this summer, a large, ungainly ichneumon wasp flying through the mountain meadow, or more recently a lone, unusual looking bumblebee (or was it?) quickly lighting on buds of a fall sunflower. There is always something new to observe in this tiny world where insects and flowers meet. Owner of Canyon Creek Nursery & Design, John is a garden designer, landscape contractor, nurseryman who also greatly enjoys taking photographs. His interest is growing plants and designing gardens that are water conserving and attractive, while providing habitat for people and wildlife. John is a graduate of the California School of Garden Design and has been a long time member of the Mount Lassen Chapter and served as Horticulture chairperson for several years. His work, and photographs, were profiled in Pacific Horticulture’s spring 2011 issue.For more information: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

November 4 – 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: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

November 4 – Redding: Growing Local Shasta “Economics of Happiness” Film Screening 6:00 pm First United Methodist Church, 1825 East Street, Redding. For more info email growinglocalshasta@gmail.com

November 5 – Redding: Community Teaching Garden, Shasta College Main Campus – Workshop: Composting Made Easy 10 am – 12 noon. Room 812, Shasta College Main Campus. This workshop will address ways to make high quality compost in your own backyard, including an introduction to worm culture. Presenter sells worms, worm castings, aerated compost tea, and does tea evaluations. Presenter: Ken Waranius Fee: $15.00 PLEASE PRE-REGISTER! For registration info, call (530) 242-7630 or go to www.shastacollege.edu/EWD, and click on “Pathways”

November 5 – Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society – Native Plant Sale 10 am-2 pm, Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. Mount Lassen Chapter will be selling California native plants at our booth at the Farm City Harvest Festival Celebration. Fall is the best time to plant natives. We’ll have more than 20 species of plants, including white sage, bush monkey flower, chaparral currant, California pipevine, chaparral clematis and blue flax. For more information: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

November 5 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Planted Wire Basket Class 10 am. Classes are Free, but please call or email to reserve your space: inform@wyntourgardens.com, 365-2256. 8026 Airport Road Redding.

November 5 – Gerber: Pacific Sun Gourmet Olive Orchards and Mill: Annual Love at First Crush 11 am – 3 pm, bring your own garden olives for public milling, and join the fun of a crush day. For more information: http://www.pacificsunoliveoil.com/calendar/76/1-Love-at-First-Crush-Olive-Open-House/

November 5 – 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 www.turtlebay.org/nursery

November 5 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum: Guided Tour: Adapting to Seasonal Change 2 p.m., Gazebo, Garrod Drive, UC Davis. Californians have the pleasure of enjoying our gardens year-round. Learn how to create a garden with beauty and interest in all seasons on a free public tour of the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday, November 5. The tour leader will point out garden plants that look good in fall and winter, with interesting seed pods, striking bark, foliage color and texture, and beautiful structure. The free tour will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Gazebo, on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus. Free parking is available in Visitor Lot 55, on Garrod Drive at the School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

November 5 – Chico: Chico State Herbarium Annual Meeting and Special Guest Dr. Mike Mesler 3 pm reception followed by meeting and program by Dr. Michael Mesler “Stories from pollination heaven: 35 years of studying flowers and pollinators at Humboldt State University” For details about the talk please visit our web site at www.csuchico.edu/biol/Herb/Friends.html.

November 5/6 – FALL BACK – Daylight Savings Ends

November 6 – Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society – Field Trip: Fall Color Field Trip to Upper Butte Creek Flume 9 am Meet at Chico Park & Ride west parking lot (Hwy 99/32) at 9 am with lunch, water, hiking gear and money for ride sharing. We’ll drive up Powellton Road a short distance to a trail down to the flume, where we will see a large “hanging garden” of chain ferns. Big leaf maple, dogwood and Indian rhubarb should be in full color along the flume. Lunch will be at scenic Clear Creek Falls. Four miles round trip. Call leader for secondary meeting place above Paradise. Wes, 530-342-2293 and Gerry 530-893-5123. For more information: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

November 7 – Paradise: Paradise Garden Club Regular Monthly Meeting and Program: 1:00pm, except August or otherwise announced. Meetings are held at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway, Paradise CA. Give us a call for more information: 530-872-5345.

November 9 – Magalia: Magalia Beautification Association Regular Member Meeting and Program: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Monthly on the second Wednesday Corner of Wycliff Way and Racine Circle, Magalia CA 95954. Luncheon starts at 12:30, business at 1:00. Prospective members welcome! For more info: http://magaliagardeners.webs.com/

November 9 – Chico: Chico Horticultural Society: Regular Member Meeting & Program With Urban Forester Denice Britton on Pruning Perennials 9:30 – 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. For more information on program or Chico Hort Membership: jennifer@jewellgarden.com or call 530-588-6369.

November 9 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum: Walk With Warren: 12 noon, Gazebo, Garrod Drive, UC Davis. Join Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the UC Davis Arboretum on Wednesday, November 9. Enjoy the crisp fall weather, explore the pleasures of the autumn garden, and get a little exercise. Meet at noon at the Gazebo, on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus. There is no charge for the tour. Parking is available for $7 in Visitor Lot 55, on Garrod Drive at the School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu..

November 9 – Chico: North Valley Orchid Society – Regular Member Meeting and Program “Stump the Chump!” with Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids: 7:30 pm in the Arts and Crafts Room at the CARD Chico Area Recreation Department Community Center. Alan Koch, an internationally recognized orchid expert. His Gold Country Orchids in LIncoln grows over 3000 orchid plants. He will provide plants for our raffle table. For additional information, contact Tricia Edelmann @ 891-4224 or Erin Pelfrey [nvos2010@gmail.com] or the North Valley Orchid Society web site http://www.northvalleyorchidsociety.com

November 10 – FULL MOON

November 11 – VETERANS DAY

November 11 – Chico: Chico Labyrinth Project Dedication Ceremony and Unveiling! Children’s Park (between Bidwell Presbyterian and Bidwell State Historic Park) For more information: http://chicolabyrinth09.blogspot.com/

November 12 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Winterize your Garden Workshop 10 am. Classes are Free, but please call or email to reserve your space: inform@wyntourgardens.com, 365-2256. 8026 Airport Road Redding.

November 13 – Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society – Field Trip: Old Plant Introduction Station Tree Walk 9 am Meet at the Mendocino National Forest Conservation and Genetics Resource Center on Cramer Lane. Walk will finish at noon. From the Skyway in Chico, turn south on Dominic Drive and east on Morrow Lane to the sign on Cramer Lane. Fall colors should be great. This USDA station was established on land donated by the Bidwells in 1904 where hundreds of trees and shrubs from all parts of the world were planted to assess their value for medicine, fruit production and landscaping. Many trees planted between 1904 and 1930 line the nature trail we will follow. Leaders, Wes, 530-342-2293 and Gerry 530-893-5123. For more information: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

November 16 – Chico: Chico Horticultural Society: Special Evening Meeting & Program with Bidwell Designers: Holiday Floral Arrangements 7 pm. All are welcome! For more information on program or Chico Hort Membership: jennifer@jewellgarden.com or call 530-588-6369.

November 16 – Redding: Shasta Rose Society – Regular Member Meeting and Program: 7:00p.m., Public Welcome! Building 4, Room 401, City of Redding Corporation Yard, 2055 Viking Way, Redding. For More Information: http://www.shastarosesociety.org/Shasta_Rose_Society/Home.html

November 17 – Redding: Regular Member Meeting and Program: Meet at 7 PM at the Shasta College Health Science & University Programs building in downtown Redding, 1400 Market Street, Community Room 8220 (clock tower building at the north end of the Market Street Promenade; enter on south side of the building). A Board meeting will be held before the regular meeting at 5:30 PM at Angelo’s Pizza Parlour in the Foundry Square, 1774 California Street, Redding. For more information: http://www.shastacnps.org/

November 18 – 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: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

November 19 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Planted Holiday Centerpiece Class 10 am. Classes are Free, but please call or email to reserve your space: inform@wyntourgardens.com, 365-2256. 8026 Airport Road Redding.

November 19 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum: Guided Tour: Container Plants for Winter Color 2 p.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden, Davis Commons, 1st and D Streets, Davis. Planting in containers is a great way to create a garden in a small space and enliven a deck or patio or create a lush oasis while conserving water. Learn about container gardening for winter color during a free public tour at the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday, November 19. The tour leader will discuss planting in multiple layers and grouping a variety of containers of different types and sizes to create depth and density. The tour will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Arboretum Terrace Garden, next to the former Borders Books and Music at the Davis Commons retail center, on First Street in Davis. Free parking is available behind the center. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

November 24 – THANKSGIVING

November 27 – Chico: Mt Lassen Chapter Cal Native Plant Society – Field Trip: Ten Mile House Trail to Big Chico Creek 9:15 am Meet at Chico Park & Ride west parking lot (Hwy 99/32) in time to leave by 9:30 am. Wear hiking shoes and bring lunch, water, sunscreen/insect protection and money for ride sharing. We’ll drive east 9 miles on Hwy 32 to the Green Gate Trail Head. From there we’ll follow an historic wagon road down to Big Chico Creek, our lunch site. On our return we’ll see buckeye and black oak in fruit and stop at a spring where a homestead once stood. Be prepared for a 700′ elevation gain back to the trail head. Four miles round trip. Call leader for alternate meeting location. Gerry 530-893-5123. For more information: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

November 29 – Red Bluff Garden Club: Monthly Meeting and Program: 1:00 p.m. at the Union Hall, 12889 Baker Road in Red Bluff, California. Public Welcome! For more info: http://redbluffgardenclub.com/Home_Page.html; 530.824-5661 or email dianecleland@att.net.

November 29 – Chico: Butte Rose Society General Member Meeting & Little Rose Show 6 pm gather, 7 pm meeting and program begin. Chico Veterans Memorial Hall at 554 Rio Lindo Ave. For more information: http://www.butte-rosesociety.org/

November 26 – 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 www.turtlebay.org/nursery

More of my environmental writing can be found in the Chico News & Review, and Pacific Horticulture. Follow Jewellgarden.com/In a North State Garden on Facebook.

To submit plant/gardening related events/classes to the Jewellgarden.com on-line Calendar of Regional Gardening Events, send the pertinent information to me at: Jennifer@jewellgarden.com

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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 jewellgarden.com. 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.

Jennifer Jewell

In a North State Garden is a bi-weekly North State Public Radio and web-based program celebrating the art, craft and science of home gardening in Northern California and 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 jewellgarden.com. In a North State Garden airs on Northstate Public Radio Saturday morning at 7:34 AM Pacific time and Sunday morning at 8:34 AM Pacific time, two times a month.

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