The Marvels of May & Calendar of North State Gardening Events

I recently had the good fun of accompanying a visiting native bee specialist to a few of our local gardens. He was looking for one or two area gardens to monitor over time for bee activity and behavior. All of the gardens we visited were lovely, beginning to bloom and green with spring rains, buzzing with bees and other life. The last garden we visited was the largest of them, a peaceful, many-roomed and casually welcoming gardening with dappled light here, and warm sun here. Cascading roses and fireworks of alliums here, a tree heavy with blood oranges there. No perfect lawn, no tidy edges just a profusion of garden blending seamlessly with life around it. When we left this garden, my guest turned to me and said: Isn’t it nice to just BE in a garden like that sometimes? Photo: A heritage single rose in spring bloom.

As your garden – be it a balcony of containers or an acre of market crops – grows along into the fullness of the season – I hope you get some time between planning, planting, pruning, harvesting, feeding and watering to just be there in it during this magical month of may. Photo: An enthusiastic North State public garden in May.

Wolfgang Rougle of Twining Tree Farms west of Cottonwood says that “when we get a few very warm days and (preferably) the soil is still slightly moist due to rain or pre-irrigation, plant your corn, beans, melons and squash from seed.” She goes on to quote: “When the buckeye flowers, there will be a storm.” Take advantage of these last rains until possibly the late fall to do your last tilling, both for weed control and even to prepare beds for next fall if you can.

Pam Geisel, the Statewide Coordinator for the Master Gardener Program, who lives and gardens in Hamilton City (Sunset zone 9), tells us that “now is a good time for planting flavorful varieties of Okra such as ‘Millionaire’ as well as being a good time to fertilize our citrus. She recommends citrus be fertilized only in the early to late spring…well before June. Ideally, divide applications into 3 – the first application at flowering, the second at fruit set and the final application sometime in mid to late May. Be sure to water in fertilizers as soon after application as possible. Avoid later summer applications of nitrogen because it will impact the fruit quality.” Photo: Sweetly-scented citrus in full bloom.

May and early June are also good times “to hand-thin your apples,” Pam writes. “Go through each cluster of apples and remove all but the largest, or king, apple in the cluster because wherever two or more apples grow close together is where you are bound to get coddling moth infestations and damage or destruction of your crop. So while you may end up with fewer apples, they will bigger and healthier. Depending on the size of your trees, you can also bag each individual ripening apple to deter the moths. While this may seem time consuming, it will really only take an hour or so and will ensure a safe crop!” Photo: Apple fruit ready to be thinned.

Jolene Queen of the Dairyville Nursery in Red Bluff recommends “being bold and experimenting with some heirloom varieties, typically 50 years old or older, some of which can be traced back to the Indians and early settlers and even to the Romans. What you are too late to start from seed – such as tomatoes, you can also purchase as starts that have been grown in a sustainable organic manner and contribute to the future health of our food supply. Once you have planted your warm season crops, mulching with good organic material can help preserve water as well as add needed organic matter to your soil. Mulching can also be used to control weeds.”

David Grau of Valley Oak Tool and founder of the Chico Organic Gardening Class series tells us: Late April is time to transplant your first round of tomatoes. After a couple more weeks of warm weather to bring soil temperatures up, eggplants and peppers can be transplanted happily. May is good for starting melons, okra, and your main crop of green beans. You could put in some summer squash seeds, and a few early bean seeds after the last storms of April and early May. Photo:Hungarian bull peppers ready for harvest at Sawmill Creek Farm in Paradise. Peppers are ready to be planted out in May.

The monthly calendar of North State Gardening events is all about being in the garden and in many cases being in someone else’s garden as the garden touring season kicks off!


The On-line Calendar of North State 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! Photo: A native bee sipping dew off the petal of a vibrant ice plant.

MAY

May 2 – Chico: Gateway Science Museum MWOW presents: “Northern California Pollinator Conservation” by Rachael Morgan and Thomas Moore of the Natural Resource Conservation Service 7:30 pm CARD Center in Chico. Gateway’s Museum Without Walls Spring 2012 Lecture series is titled: Butterflies, Bees & Bats! Native Pollinators of Northern California. The series runs every Wednesday from April 4th to May 2, 2012. Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico. A donation of $3 per adult is requested. Students with ID are free. Question and answer period will follow each program.

May 2 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Regular Monthly meeting and Program: Presentation by Michael Hubbartt and Margit Sands – Middle Mountain Foundation 7:30 pm Butte County Library, Chico. In the Klamath National Forest, Kangaroo Lake Botanical Area is located along the spine of the Scott Mountain Range in the southeastern edge of the Scott River Ranger District. It is the most easily accessible of several adjacent Botanical Areas noted for high elevation ultramafic soils and home to many rare and sensitive plant species. The Fen Trail is representative of this unique environment and the plants that inhabit it. For more information: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

May 3 – Chico: Cultivating Community North Valley Workshop: Fresh Food From Small Spaces 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Chico Community Children’s Center 2224 Elm St., Chico 95928 Fresh Food from Small Spaces No garden space or small garden space? Try “container gardening” to grow food anywhere! Come learn how to plant and care for an abundant food garden on your porch, balcony or other small space. In this free, hands-on workshop we will talk about: – free and low-cost container ideas – potting soil, watering and care tips for plants in containers – choosing compact plant varieties for maximum yield Qualifying* participants will plant a container to take home. Childcare available by appointment. Register online or with Jonah at 530-588-0585. For more info: http://cultivatingcommunitynv.org/

Photo:Artichoke ready to be harvested.

May 5 – Forest Ranch: Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserves, CSU, Chico Spring Hike Series: Outdoor Survival Skills 2 (moderate) Scott Grist Join Scott Grist for a day of learning ancient wilderness survival techniques as used by the Native Americans of this area. Tracking will be one of the topics covered on this outing, and we will look for animal tracks and scat in order to determine such things as: species, direction traveled, how long ago the tracks were made, gender, age, diet and even the health of the animal. Other topics may include shelter-building, fire-making and edible plants. Scott received a degree in Geology from CSUC and has since been practicing wilderness survival in several different environments across the country. These hikes range in levels of difficulty from moderate to strenuous. Advanced signup is required via e-mail to bccer@csuchico.edu or by calling Leana at (830) 898-5010. Each hike will accommodate a limited amount of hikers so you are encouraged to sign up early.

May 5 – Davis: UC Davis ArboretumGuided Tour: Romance and Legend: Roses of the Storer Garden 8 a.m., Storer Garden, Garrod Drive, UC Davis; Bilingual Spanish English; Enjoy a fun walk through the history of roses in the UC Davis Arboretum’s Storer Garden on Saturday, May 5. Learn about the rose through time and around the world, and why this flower is considered is considered “the Queen of Flowers.” The tour leader will discuss the history and geography of wild roses leading up to today’s cultivated varieties. The roses in the garden were chosen for their suitability for Central Valley conditions and don’t require chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The free tour, to be offered in Spanish and English, will meet at the Arboretum Gazebo, on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus, at 8:00 a.m. Free parking is available along Garrod Drive and in Visitor Lot 55. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 5 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum and Center for Urban Horticulture present: Your Sustainable Backyard: ROSE DAY Tours and talks 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rose sale 2:30–5:30 p.m.; Fee: $45, includes coffee/scones and boxed lunch. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year at Rose Day, an all-day workshop for rose lovers on Saturday, May 5. Enjoy a morning tour of roses at the UC Davis Arboretum Storer Garden (offered in English and Spanish) and presentations by rose breeding experts Dr. James Sproul and Jacques Ferare. After lunch, enjoy a tour of Foundation Plant Services’ eight-acre rose field and their All-American Rose Selection test garden in full bloom, followed by a sale of absolutely stunning rose plants—hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, climbers and landscape roses. Sale proceeds benefit horticulture education at UC Davis. Everyone who attends will take home a free 4″ Cinco de Mayo rose! The fee for the workshop is $45 and includes morning coffee and scones and a gourmet boxed lunch. Sponsored by the California Center for Urban Horticulture. For more information or to register, please visit ccuh.ucdavis.edu or contact Missy Gable at 530-752-6642 or mjborel@ucdavis.edu.

Photo: A big fragrant ‘Peace’ rose.

May 5 – Redding: Shasta Chapter California Native Plant Society Native Garden Tour Special Event! 10 am – 4 pm. This is our fourth Native Plants in the Landscape Garden Tour. See several gardens in the Redding area that incorporate and highlight the use of native plants and companion and water-wise planting. The tour will run from 10 AM to 4 PM and will include native plants for sale and backyard birding information. We can use volunteers to set-up on Friday, May 4, and on Saturday to help out at the various gardens. (See article, page 2.) Please call Donal Jonio at 221-4280 to volunteer or for further information. For more info: http://www.shastacnps.org/calendar.html

May 5 – Chico: Butte Environmental Council’s 33rd annual Endangered Species Faire 10 am – 4 pm Cedar Grove in Chico. The Faire is designed to give local school classrooms, government agencies, environmental organizations and community groups a public forum to present information on ecology, wildlife and a host of environmental issues. The Faire offers teachers an opportunity to develop an environmental education project as part of their classroom curriculum. Schools from the districts of Chico, Paradise, Durham, Oroville, Corning, and Orland participate in the resource fair, making K-12 grade students the primary participants and visitors of the Faire. Each class researches an environmental challenge, illustrates the problem and possible solutions, and presents their results to the general public as part of a booth display or activity. The Faire facilitates networking between teachers and students, state and federal resource agencies, and environmental organizations. For more info: http://www.endangeredspeciesfaire.org/

May 5 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Charlie Rabbit and His Friends 10:30 am. Join us the first Saturday of every month for an interactive program in the Gardens (or Greenhouse when it rains) for children, their siblings, parents and Grandparents. Join Charlie, our adorable jack rabbit puppet, in various gardening activities. Wear your favorite gardening clothes! Presented by Dennis and Sherrill Bambauer. Free with park admission! Meet at the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office (1135 Arboretum Drive next to Nursery Greenhouse)

May 5 – Chico: St. John’s 29th Annual Garden Tour: 11 am – 4 pm. $25. St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church of Chico is hosting their 29th annual Garden Tour on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature 5 unique gardens. Ticket cost is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the tour. Price includes 5 gardens, luncheon and a plant boutique. Garden locations and a map are printed on the tickets. Tickets are available at 11 Chico and Paradise locations. For more information, please contact St. John’s Episcopal Church at 894-1971, visit the church web-site at www.stjohnschico.org or visit St. John’s Episcopal Church on Facebook.

Photo: A dynamic, colorful and relaxed home garden.

May 5 – Redding: Shasta Chapter California Native Plant Society Native Garden Tour Special Event! This is our fourth Native Plants in the Landscape Garden Tour. See several gardens in the Redding area that incorporate and highlight the use of native plants and companion and water-wise planting. The tour will run from 10 AM to 4 PM and will include native plants for sale and backyard birding information. We can use volunteers to set-up on Friday, May 4, and on Saturday to help out at the various gardens. (See article, page 2.) Please call Donal Jonio at 221-4280 to volunteer or for further information. For more info: http://www.shastacnps.org/calendar.html

May 5 – Orland: Orland Friendly Garden Club Plant and Bake Sale! 8am to 2pm South side of the Glenn County Fairground, E. Yolo Street, Orland For more information please contact: Jeannette Weddell, 865-7764

May 5 – Chico: GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM WORKSHOP: Native Californian Elderberry Flute Making Workshop with Antonio Flores 1 – 3 pm. Native Californian Elderberry Flute-Making Workshop: In this two-hour workshop, people of all ages will learn how to make and play a Native Californian elderberry flute. East Bay Regional Parks docent Antonio Flores will talk about the culture of flute-making and also about the endangered elderberry beetle. All materials will be supplied. Please bring a sharpened pocket knife. Adults will need to supervise their young children. Free with Gateway Science Museum admission/membership. For more info: www.gatewayscience.org

May 5 – FULL MOON

May 6 – Redding: Shasta Chapter California Native Plant Society Field trip: Waters Gulch Trail 9:30 am We will hope to see the Shasta snow-wreath in bloom on this 3.5-mile walk on Waters Gulch Trail near Shasta Lake, as well as firecracker flower, snowdrop bush, red larkspur, and wild ginger. The trail is shaded most of the way by a mixed conifer-hardwood forest with some chaparral. Not a difficult walk, but some uneven terrain. Meet at Redding City Hall south parking lot on Parkview Ave at 9:30 AM. No dogs please. For more information call David Ledger at 355-8542. For more info: http://www.shastacnps.org/calendar.html

Photo: Two pipevine swallowtail butterflies nectar at a native Triteleia.

May 6 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Talk and Tour: In Search of Native Ants 1–3 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo, Garrod Drive, UC Davis. UC Davis Entomology Professor Phil Ward has studied ants for three decades. Dr. Ward will lead a fascinating tour exploring the refuges of native ants in the UC Davis Arboretum on Sunday, May 6, 1:00–3:00 p.m. He will highlight interesting features of the natural history of ants and talk about the interactions between our local native ants and the invasive Argentine ant. The first hour will be a walking tour around the west end of the Arboretum. Bring a bicycle if you want to continue for a second hour to explore some more remote sites. All ages are welcome. The program will begin at the Arboretum 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 arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 6 – Redding: Community Teaching Garden, on the campus of Shasta College, Workshop: Secrets of Successful Transplanting 10 am – 12 noon. Presenter: Wayne Kessler Fee: $15.00. Learn the secrets of successful transplanting from master nurseryman Wayne Kessler, known locally for the quality of his seedlings. He will show how to ensure success “setting-out” and transplanting vegetable starts. Learn simple and efficient methods using inexpensive, simple tools, avoiding common mistakes and ensuring your plants the best chance of success. Wayne is an advisor to the Teaching Garden. He and his wife Laurie are the owners of Shambani Organics in Manton, is a local food security advocate, and is a gardening consultant. For more info: http://shastacollege.edu/teachinggarden/workshops/

Photo:Seedling greens popping up in the vegetable garden.

May 8 – Chico: North Valley Orchid Society Regular Member Meeting and Program by Alan Koch “Miniatures for the Cattleya Grower on Windowsills and Inside the House.” 7:30 pm in the Arts and Crafts Room at the Chico Arts and Recreation Department Community Center, located at 545 Vallombrosa Ave. in Chico. Have you thought you can’t grow orchids unless you have a greenhouse? Not so! Cattleyas are a popular choice for beginners and experts alike. These plants are very sturdy and can take a lot of abuse from those who tend to forget to water. They are also tolerant of several temperature ranges and can be grown in your home. Alan Koch owns and operates Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleyas. Alan started growing orchids in 1969 with 3 Cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. While in college, he became interested in other orchids and discovered many would grow outdoors in Southern California. He has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased 10 acres of land in Lincoln, California for his 300,000 orchids. He is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trend setter in miniature Cattleya breeding. Alan has been published in the Orchid Digest, and the American Orchid Society magazines. He has also been published in the proceedings of the World Orchid Conference. He is an internationally known speaker. He is a past member of the AOS Judging Committee, and the Research Committee, as well as an Accredited Judge and is Vice-chair and Training Coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. Alan also served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and is one of the current directors, as well as a Trustee for the AOS. Come with your questions for Alan. We look forward to seeing you! You do not have to be a member to attend! Refreshments will be served. Have you recently repotted? Your extra plants are welcomed for our raffle table!! For additional information, contact Tricia Edelmann @ 891-4224 or the North Valley Orchid Society web site http://www.northvalleyorchidsociety.com

May 9 – Magalia: Magalia Beautification Association Regular Monthly Meeting & program: The MBA meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the POA Racine Center in Magalia (map); 12:30 for lunch, 1:00-3:00 for business. Please join us! The sole qualification is an interest in gardening, horticulture, civic art, and/or beautification in Magalia. For more info: http://magaliagardeners.webs.com/aboutus.htm

May 9 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Walk With Warren12 noon, Arboretum Gazebo, Garrod Drive, UC Davis; Join Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the UC Davis Arboretum on Wednesday, May 9. Enjoy the glorious spring weather, see the demonstration flower gardens in full bloom, and get a little exercise. Meet at noon at the Arboretum 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. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 10 – Oroville: Lake Oroville Area Garden Club Regular Monthly member meeting Meetings are held September-June on the 2nd Thursday of the month. “Coffee, Cake and Conversation” from 9:30 to 10:00am with the General Meeting beginning at 10:00am. Meetings are generally adjourned around 11:30am although this may vary depending upon that month’s scheduled program. Meeting location is Trinity Presbyterian Fellowship Hall at 2350 Foothill Blvd, Oroville, CA (North of Olive Highway on Foothill Blvd.). We invite guests to attend +++ your first meeting is FREE. For More Info: http://www.loagardenclub.com/

May 12 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Workshop on Planted Wire Basket Workshop 11 am. Join Ellen and learn to plant a one-of-a kind wire basket using her unique lasagna method. This is our most popular class! All participants will receive a 10% discount on supplies purchased for the class. Please call or email to reserve your seat. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Road, Redding, CA (1 mi. S. of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Market) 365-2256 inform@wyntourgardens.com . www.wyntourgardens.com

May 12 – Forest Ranch: Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserves, CSU, Chico Spring Series: Candles in the Canyon This celebration of spring is a fundraising event for outdoor education and research at B.C.C.E.R. For more information please visit http://www.csuchico.edu/bccer/events/candles2012.shtml.

May 13 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Field Trip: Feather Falls Scenic Area – Middle Fork Feather River Meet at Chico Park & Ride west parking lot (Hwy 99/32) at 8 am with lunch, drink, and hiking gear for this strenuous (9-mile roundtrip with long climb at the end) but spectacular outing. The flowers should be great with fine displays of azalea and snowdrop bushes along with Clarkias and wild ginger. The falls should be at their best after the recent rains. Call or email leader for alternate meeting place. Leader: Woody Elliott 530-342-6053 woodyelliott@gmail.com. For more information: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

May 13 – Mother’s Day

May 13 – Redding: Shasta Chapter California Native Plant Society Annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Show Sponsored by Shasta Chapter CNPS and Klamath National Forest. Hundreds of native plants and wildflowers will be on display at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka (first northbound exit off of I-5). This is a fantastic display and a special place to take moms. And it’s free! 10 AM to 4 PM. If you would like to volunteer to help with the exhibit (Saturday or Sunday), or sell books and posters, please contact Jay & Terri Thesken at 221-0906 or Marla Knight at 468-1238. For more info: http://www.shastacnps.org/calendar.html

Photo:Bright yellow native flannel bush (Fremontodendron californicum) in full bloom and calling all bees in a North State Garden.

May 14 – Paradise: Paradise Garden Club Monthly Member Meeting and Program 1 pm. Terry Ashe Rec Center Paradise. For more info: http://paradisegardenclub.org/

May 16 – Chico: Chico Horticultural Society regular member meeting and Program on the Cutting Garden with Barbara Battaglia of Mendon’s Nursery in Paradise 9:30 am gather, 10 am program. Butte County Library, Chico. PUBLIC WELCOME. For more info email jennifer@jewellgarden.com

May 16 – Redding: Shasta Rose Society Regular Member Meeting and Program 7 pm. City of Redding Corporation Way, 2055 Viking Way, Building 4, room 401. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. www.shastarosesociety.org

May 17 – Redding: Shasta Chapter California Native Plant Society: General Member Meeting and Program: Slideshow of South East Asian Visit 7 pm. Join members Jay & Terri Thesken for a travelogue slideshow of their recent trip to Thailand and Cambodia in January and February, 2012. Along with the historic and cultural treasures of these two countries, Jay & Terri were able to find a few native plants to photograph. 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 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 info: http://www.shastacnps.org/calendar.html

May 19 – Forest Ranch: Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserves, CSU, Chico Spring Hike Series: Soils, Landforms and Vegetation of the BCCER (moderate) Andrew Conlin, Soil Scientist, Natural Resources Conservation Service The best way to understand why things live and grow where they do is to understand the soils and landforms beneath them. Andrew Conlin has spent the last 20 years conducting soil surveys of areas including Butte County and Lassen Volcanic National Park and has created the soil map covering the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. Join us to gain a ‘deeper’ understanding of how what you see relates to what’s beneath your feet. These hikes range in levels of difficulty from moderate to strenuous. Advanced signup is required via e-mail to bccer@csuchico.edu or by calling Leana at (830) 898-5010. Each hike will accommodate a limited amount of hikers so you are encouraged to sign up early.

Photo: Soil scientist Andrew Conlin tells the story of local soil.

May 19 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale: Some Like it Hot—Summer Bloomers and Sizzling Deals 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery, Garrod Drive, UC Davis. Get ready for summer in the garden and find some great bargains on sustainable, beautiful plants at the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum end-of-season clearance plant sale on Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. The sale will feature hundreds of different kinds of plants, most of which have been grown in Davis and will thrive in Central Valley conditions, including newly-introduced and unusual garden plants that are hard to find or not available in commercial nurseries. This sale has a special focus on the stars of the summer garden—plants that love our hot, dry weather. Many of the Arboretum All-Stars, the Arboretum’s top recommended plants for Central Valley gardens, will be for sale. Experienced gardeners will be on hand to advise on the best plants for shoppers’ garden conditions. At the Plant Doctor booth, plant pathology graduate students will diagnose plant pests and diseases—shoppers can bring samples of problem plants in a sealed plastic bag for advice. Members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and the Davis Botanical Society receive a 10% discount on purchases. Anyone can join at the door; new members get a coupon worth $10 off their purchases in addition to the 10% member discount. The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is located on Garrod Drive across from the School of Veterinary Medicine on the UC Davis campus. Free parking is available along Garrod Drive and in Visitor Lots 50 and 55. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 19 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Ethnobotanical Plant Walk and Meditation 2 p.m., Wyatt Deck, Old Davis Road, UC Davis. Join the UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors for an ethnobotanical plant walk and meditation on Saturday, May 19. Learn about traditional uses of California native plants for food, medicine, and ritual, followed by tea and meditation. The free program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Wyatt Deck, located on Old Davis Road next 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 arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

May 19 – Redding: Shasta Chapter California Native Plant Society: Field Trip: “Discovery Outing” to Hog Lake in Tehama County 9 am meet. Come on a “Discovery Outing” to Hog Lake in Tehama County, led by retired National Park Ranger Rich Hayes. With easily navigable terrain, this premier vernal lake community is one you won’t want to miss. There could be tidy tips and goldfields, sandwort, pepperwort, clarkia, meadow foam, brodiaea, monkeyflower, checker mallow, downingia, woolly marbles, two species of Gratiola, superb mariposa lily… the possibilities are endless! Bring lots of water, lunch, sunscreen, shoes you won’t mind getting wet, light cotton clothing, and a hat with lots of shading. It’s May; temperatures could be toasty! And this is snake country, so no pets please. Meet at Redding City Hall south parking lot on Parkview Avenue at 9 AM. For more information, call Rich at 222-0817. For more info: http://www.shastacnps.org/calendar.html

May 19 – Redding: Community Teaching Garden, on the campus of Shasta College, Workshop: Backyard Chickens and You 10 am – 11:30 am. Shasta College Farm, Shasta College Main Campus. Presenters: Casey Schurig and Nancy de Halas Fee: $15.00. Want a flock of your own? Does sustainability play an important role in your life? Find out what it takes in this introductory class to raise backyard chickens for egg production. Topics covered: Housing, feeding and caring for your new flock; How many chickens do I need? What care do hens need?; and Integrat- ing chickens into garden strategies. Leave with the knowledge you need to start raising chickens now! For more info: http://shastacollege.edu/teachinggarden/workshops/

May 19 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Water-Wise Plants for a Mediterranean Climate 10 am – 12 pm. Much of California, including Redding, has a Mediterranean climate – hot dry summers and cool wet winters. Garden plants that originate from this type of climate grow much better in Redding than those that hail from the more humid areas of Europe or Eastern North America. Mediterranean style gardens also seem to fit hand-in-glove into our regional landscape – and use less water! We’ll discuss the myriad of plant choices available, and other Mediterranean garden elements. FREE for Members, $3 for nonmembers. Meet at the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office (1135 Arboretum Drive next to Nursery Greenhouse)

May 20 – Redding: Community Teaching Garden, on the campus of Shasta College, Workshop: Gardening as Spiritual Practice 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Community Teaching Garden, Shasta College Main Campus. Presenter: Jim Collins Fee: $15.00. Have fun discovering the garden as a place to grow far more than food and flowers! Gardening can also be sacred space, a temple for personal nurturing and expanded awareness. Learn how to use your garden—or any place where diversity of life abounds—as a place to clear emotional heaviness, re-energize yourself, and connect with the elemental intelligence of nature to find healing, empowerment, balance, and wisdom. Teaching Garden co-founder and man- ager Dr. Jim Collins, is an ecopsychologist and Native American ceremonial leader—initiate of both Lakota and Q’ero medicine lineages. He trains others in the “Medicine Ways.” For more info: http://shastacollege.edu/teachinggarden/workshops/

Photo: Water in the North State Garden. The meditative pleasures of one of the last spring rains before the long, warm summer.

May 20 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Field Trip: MAIDU MEDICINE WALK Meet at Horseshoe Lake, parking area E, at 9 am in Upper Bidwell Park, bring water and wear walking gear. We will see about 30 of the native plants that the local Maidu used for medicine, crafts, and food such as blue elderberry for musical instruments and food, Indian soap “root” for glue and making an acorn meal brush, foothill pine for skin salve and food, and many others. Leader: Wes Dempsey 530-342-2293. For more information: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

May 20 – Annular Solar Eclipse

May 20 – Sacramento: California Native Plant Society Sacramento Chapter: Elixirs, Potions, and Other Notions 10 am – 11:30 am. California Native Plant Demonstration Garden in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway. a guided walk showcasing native plants for the healing garden, guide TBD. This event is free. Meet at the information kiosk within the cemetery entry at Broadway and 10th Street. Parking located across the street from the 10th Street entry gate. For more information: (916) 374-8116 or cnpsgarden@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaNativePlantGarden.

May 20 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Wild Family Day 1–4 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo, Garrod Drive, UC Davis. Join UC Davis student group Wild Campus, in partnership with the UC Davis Arboretum, for Wild Family Day on Sunday, May 20. All ages are invited to this free educational event designed to raise awareness about native wildlife and what the community can do to help conserve these special critters. There will be fun games and activities for all ages, and supplies to make pine cone bird feeders which you can take home to bring the wildlife to you! The program will take place 1–4 p.m. at the Arboretum Gazebo, on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus. Free parking is available along Garrod Drive and in Visitor Lot 55. For more information, please email WildCampus411@gmail.com.

May 26 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Walk with Horticultural Manager Lisa Endicott 10:30 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.

May 27 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Field Trip: CARIBOU TRAIL, UPPER NORTH FORK – FEATHER RIVER Meet at Chico Park & Ride west parking lot (Hwy 99/32) at 8:30 am with lunch, drink, and walking gear for one of our best flower outings. Hike an easy, 3-mile (roundtrip) trail starting at the historic Caribou powerhouse and closely following the Feather River. This is one of the few places we see white lady slippers, orange epipactis orchids, and native azaleas all together along with leopard lilies, pink draperia, and many others. Return to Chico about 5 pm. Call leader for alternate meeting place. Leader: Majorie McNairn 530-343-2397. For more information: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

Photo: The graceful arch of valley oak in a North State wild area.

May 28 – Memorial Day observed

May 28 – Colusa: Garden Club of Colusa County Regular Monthly Meeting & Program 6:30 pm. We meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 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. For more info: http://colusa-garden-club.webs.com/

May 29 – Chico: Butte Rose Society Regular Monthly Meeting and Program 7 pm. General meetings of the Butte Rose Society are held on the last Tuesday of the month January-May and August-November. Meetings begin at 7 pm and are held at the Chico Veterans Memorial Hall at 554 Rio Lindo Ave. Membership is open to all interested in roses, but anyone may attend the General Meetings. Membership is $20.00 per year and provides you with the monthly award winning newsletter and special invitations to members-only events held throughout the year. CONTACT US AT: Butte Rose Society, PO Box 8888, Chico, CA 95927. http://www.butte-rosesociety.org/

Photo: A pipevine swallowtail butterfly exploring the edges of a spring poppy.

JUNE

June 1 – Forest Ranch: Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserves, CSU, Chico Spring Hike Series: BCCER and BCEP Annual Butterfly Survey (moderate) Dr. Don Miller Join the fifth annual butterfly survey on Friday, June 1. This event is part of the North American Butterfly Association’s national efforts to collect population trend data. Local expert entomologist Don Miller will lead the trip on the BCCER, and Don Hankins, geological sciences, will coordinate the trip on the BCEP. These hikes range in levels of difficulty from moderate to strenuous. Advanced signup is required via e-mail to bccer@csuchico.edu or by calling Leana at (830) 898-5010. Each hike will accommodate a limited amount of hikers so you are encouraged to sign up early.

June 2 – Redding: Community Teaching Garden, on the campus of Shasta College, Workshop: Garden Yoga and Meditation 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Community Teaching Garden, Shasta College Main Campus. Presenter: Marcia McGetrick West, NCTMB Fee: $15.00. Please join us for a silent meditation in the Zen style of stillness followed by Hatha Yoga—slow, invigorating, flowing vinyasa practice. This is a practice that will develop your awareness “in the living moment” to promote a more sane life of peace and equanimity, living from the center of the mystery-all that is-your life! No experience needed. Please bring a yoga mat(s), a blanket, an eye pillow, a towel, hat and sunscreen, as we will be practicing on the lawn and it may be a bit damp. Please arrive by 8:15 a.m. Marcia McGetrick West is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She is the owner of InBalance Healthways, Redding. Marcia is a Certified Yoga Teacher, giving private and group classes at the House of Conscious Living Yoga, Redding. Marcia@inbalancehealthways.com For more info: http://shastacollege.edu/teachinggarden/workshops/

June 2 – The Shasta Rose Society presents “A Day in the Rose Garden.” This event is FREE to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Davis garden – 23897 Old 44 Dr – Millville, CA. The Society will be selling over 120 varieties of named miniature roses, our “famous” rose petal jelly, and rebar supports. We will also have some outstanding vendors this year including Hida Tools from Berkeley with their wonderful Japanese garden tools and knives. Consulting Rosarians and Master Gardeners will be available to answer your rose and gardening questions. Plan to attend for a fun, relaxing, and informative day. Refreshments will be provided. If you have questions, call Carole Schmitz at 242-1901.

Photo: Roses, roses and more roses.

June 2 & 3 – Paradise: Paradise Garden Club 20th Anniversary Annual Garden Tour 10 am – 4 pm Sat, 12 pm – 4 pm Sun. $15 per person. (One ticket is included with each individual membership; two with each garden club family membership.)Since 1992 PGCI has organized an annual Paradise Garden Tour. Each year this self-guided tour consists of up to six beautiful gardens on the Ridge, chosen by a Club selection committee. This year is no exception! The gardens are fabulous. There also will be a plant sale, refreshments, experienced gardeners on hand to answer questions, composting demonstrations, AND benefit drawings for several prizes (provided by local merchants). The 2012 tour marks our 20th such event! This event is our club’s main fundraising activity. Proceeds go back to the community by way of our civic beautification projects and scholarships. This is a self-guided tour. The ticket book contains a map to the gardens plus additional information on each garden’s history and design philosophy. You can view all the gardens in one day or split them between both days. Your schedule, your choice! (Consider a break for lunch at any of our fine Paradise eateries, too.) For more info: http://paradisegardenclub.org/

June 3 – Shasta Lake: Shasta Lake Garden Project’s EARLY SUMMER GARDEN FAIRE 9 am – 4 pm. Clair Engle Park, Meridan and Front Sts., Shasta Lake. There will be booths that will showcase our theme of drought tolerant plants and succulents, with ways to display and landscape with them. We will have ongoing workshops and demonstrations in which our guests can participate. There will also be a Tea Garden with selected recipes from our former Teas with iced tea and lemonade, too. The vendors will integrate their antiques, architectural salvage, crafts, with our theme. This is not to be a flea market but an integrated garden event, that should appeal to both gardeners and decorators. If you would like to have a booth and/or participate in one of our workshops/demos we would be delighted to have you. RoseMary Walter rosemary@shasta.com 530 949-5234 www.shastalakegardenproject.com

June 4 – FULL MOON

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