The Joys of June in the North State Garden & Calendar of North State Gardening Events

Looking back at the whirlwind of activity that is March/April and May in my annual gardening journal, it is always with some relief that I come to the relative peace of June in the North State Garden. Most plants are doing what they are supposed to be doing, most big planting or replanting is done for now, summer flowers are blooming, vegetables and fruit crops are starting to come in and watering, weeding and dead-heading are constant chores. The contemplative task of cool early morning watering has begun and being out in the dim early daylight with the chattering of the birds and the waking bees and going to bed moths is one of early summer’s choicest gifts. The compost pile gets additions every day and daily turning reveals a steamy active pile, cooking along. To keep the compost pile balanced, I add good handfuls of dry leaves on top of fresh greenwaste additions. Photo: Finding peace in June.

Fruit has set on my blueberries, my Pink Lady Apple, and my citrus. Two grape vines have their first fruit set ever and the Santa Rosa Plum has one of its best fruit sets ever. I have had some fruit drop but leaf and bark health seem good so I think it’s normal early summer fruit drop – the trees’ natural thinning of its crop in order to best sustain the fruit it does carry to harvest. My Angel Red Pomegranate is just now blooming and the un-whorling red tubular flowers remind me of brightly colored jewelry.

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and squash are all in, and for now looking under control and tidy – very well-behaved. Wait a month, and you know I will hardly be able to navigate the garden’s pathways for the growth of biomass. My potatoes are flowering letting me know that it’s time to dig around gently and collect some new potatoes, the rest I will leave for full maturity. Photo: The vegetable garden planted in summer crops and still looking well-behaved. Wait a month – it will be a riot of growth.

Pam Geisel Statewide coordinator for the master Gardener program reminds us to fertilize both cherries and apricots after harvest – now is also a good time to prune for fireblight in pears and apple trees.

Garlic and onion harvest are upon us providing the late spring treat of roasted fresh garlic and sweet onions sautéed in olive oil – which are delicious enough to eat plain with a spoon. Wolfgang Rougle of Twining Tree Farms outside of Cottonwood, suggests digging the garlic when it still has a green leaf or two. Allow it to dry down in a dry shady place with plenty of air circulation; trim off the leaves when all is crispy. Hardneck garlics ( which forms the decorative scapes in spring) don’t store well past August; Softneck garlic keeps well into March. New potatoes will be ready as your plants are blooming. Photo:Green onions.

Late spring and early summer flowers – annuals and perennials will benefit from fairly diligent deadheading throughout the summer. When deadheading, make sure to get the whole flower head and the stem down to the nearest leaf or the one below that to encourage strong new growth. When deadheading roses – pruning back spent flower heads to a shoot with 5 leaves – not just three. Prune, deadhead and fertilize roses about 6 weeks before any special event for your roses to look their best. Photo: The herb garden in flower and ready for it’s first pruning back.

Many, many good gardening events will take place in the North State in June. The On-line Calendar of North State 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 the calendar, please send all pertinent information to: Thanks!

Photo:First tomatillo.


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 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 1 & 2 – Chico: Geffray’s Gardens Open Gardens: Cacti and Succulent Plant Sale Spring Open Garden- Plant Sale FRIDAY 06/01 9:00 to 4:00 SATURDAY 06/02 9:00 to 4:00 There will be thousands of Cacti and Succulents on Sale at 20 to 50 % off. We also have some Black Bamboos, Hardy Palms, and miscellaneous plants on sale, (Herbs, Perennials, etc…) Hardy cacti and succulents can be bought bare root from the growing beds, or in different size containers. We also offer a assortment of clay and ceramic containers as well as our own cactus mix. Also available: Sedums and Sempervivums (hens and chicks). Those are great as ground cover and in rock gardens. They come in 2,3,4,6 inch pots, or bare root. We are located at 741 Carper’s Court. From Esplanade take East Ave toward Hwy 32.Turn right on Alamo Ave , cross Henshaw Ave, go another 150 yards, and find Carper’s on your right . There will be signs in the adjacent streets. For further information, please call Claude at 345 2849.

Photo:Native butterfly on coyote mint (Monardella sp.).

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. For more info:

June 2 – Millville: The Shasta Rose Society presents “A Day in the Rose Garden.” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is FREE to the public will be held from 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: R. ‘April Love’.

June 2 – Davis:UC Davis Arboretum Guided Tour: Dedicated to the One I Love 10 am, Nature’s Gallery Court, Garrod Drive, UC Davis. Take a morning stroll through the gardens of the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday, June 2, and learn some of the personal stories behind places and plants that have been dedicated by community members. See the latest garden feature, Nature’s Gallery Court, a new gathering area in an inviting tree-lined courtyard, surrounded by plantings and showcasing the Nature’s Gallery mosaic mural. This stunning work of art is composed of tiles hand-crafted by UC Davis students in the Art/Science Fusions Program and community volunteers working with ceramic artist Donna Billick. The work celebrates the interactions between plants and insects and their critical role in the planet’s health. Created in 2007, Nature’s Gallery has already travelled widely and received rave reviews. It was featured at the United States Botanic Garden on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in 2007. In 2008 it was the centerpiece of the UC Davis Centennial Pavilion at the California State Fair. Now it has a beautiful permanent home in the UC Davis Arboretum. The tour will start at 10:00 a.m. at Nature’s Gallery Court, located on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus, just beyond the Arboretum Teaching Nursery and before the Storer Garden. Free parking is available in Visitor Lot 55. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit

June 2 – 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)

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:

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 530 949-5234

June 4 – FULL MOON

Photo: Projected image of the height of the annular eclipse May 2012.

June 6 – Chico: Cultivating Community Workshop: Pest Management Workshop with Dr. Betsy Boyd, CSU, Chico 6 pm. Do you know who you friends and enemies in the garden are? Have you ever wondered: Which Insects are bad for my garden? Which Insects do I want around? How to I get rid of the bad guys naturally? How do I encourage the good guys to stay? Professor Betsy Boyd has the answers for you! Suggested donation of $5 supports the OVP No one turned away for lack of funds Open to all — Students, families, friends welcome Spanish translation will be offered Reserve your spot, go to For more information, contact Monica at or 530-588-0441 About the presenter: Dr. Boyd has been a professor at the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture since 2008 and she is a licensed California Pest Control Advisor (PCA). Dr. Boyd’s current research projects and interests include enhancement and development of cultural management techniques for navel orangeworm (NOW) in almonds, biology of NOW, biological control, and vegetation (weeds and forage crops) management at a waste water reclamation site. for more, visit her bio at the CSU College of Agriculture website:

June 9 – Redding: Shasta Chapter California Native Plant Society: Field Trip: Black Butte, Mt. Shasta 9 am meet. This will be a 5.5-mile moderate difficulty hike up Black Butte near Mt. Shasta. This trail is on the north side of Black Butte; over half of the trail is without shade. Despite its barren look, we should see a variety of plants including tobacco brush, yellow rabbit brush, gooseberry, various paint brushes, fireweed, and conifers. There are great views of surrounding mountain peaks. No dogs, please, but bring plenty of water. Meet at Redding City Hall south Parking lot on Parkview at 9 AM. For more information, call David Ledger at 355-8542. For more info:

Photo:Asclepias cordifolia – one of our native milkweeds – in bloom in late May.

June 9 – Chico: North Valley Orchid Society: Field trip to see Wild Orchids of Plumas County Have you seen orchids growing wild? Saturday, June 9 is a great opportunity! Linnea Hanson, a retired USFS botanist, will lead us on a hike to view orchids in Plumas County off Hwy 70. We will meet at Spring Valley School ( directions below) at 9:00 am The address for Spring Valley School is 2771 Pentz Road. You can see it from Highway 70 on the left. Our trip will be in Plumas County on up Highway 70. Bring a lunch, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, (some orchid viewing areas are boggy) and wear sturdy shoes. Bring cameras and notebooks. We will collect only photos of the plants. We will plan to have a lunch stop near Butterfly Valley. Directions: Enter onto 99 south Take EXIT 376 toward Butte College/Durham.0.3 mi Turn left onto Durham Pentz Rd/Durham Dayton Hwy. Continue to follow Durham Pentz Rd. 8.7 mi Turn right onto Pentz Rd.0.3 mi 2771 Pentz Road (Spring Valley School) is on the right. To Join in you must RSVP to Judy McCrary:

Photo:California native slipper orchid in bloom in Plumas National Forest in late May.

June 13 – 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, June 13. Enjoy the glorious late spring weather, see the demonstration flower gardens in 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

June 14 – 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:

June 16 – Fair Oaks: Fair Oaks Horticulture Center OPEN GARDEN 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Watch Master Gardeners demonstrate summer fruit tree pruning and T-bud grafting. Also learn about using herbs as a lawn alternative and summer care for grape vines. See summer-blooming water efficient plants. Ask questions. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center 11549 Fair Oaks Boulevard Fair Oaks, CA 95628 For more info:

June 16 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Workshop on WATER BOWL WORKSHOP 10 am. Plant a water bowl with beautiful water plants! Perfect mini water garden for your porch or patio. This class is free, please call or email to reserve your space. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Road, Redding 530/365-2256

June 16 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Go Green with Plant Pest and Disease Control 10 – 12 noon. Come and learn about the many safer ways, successful organic and IPM (Integrated Pesticide Management) ways, to control pests and diseases in your garden and home. These methods are used daily by our presenter, local recognized pesticide expert Paul Stockton, in his work for a local pest control company that has tested green methods in the field. Bring your diseased plants and their menacing bugs. Paul will offer “green” and conventional pesticide cures. All samples and specimens welcome. FREE for Members, $3 for nonmembers Meet at the Arboretum & Botanical Garden’s Office (1135 Arboretum Drive next to Nursery Greenhouse)

June 18 – 24 – National Pollinator Week!

Photo:A communal gathering of native pollinators on a native wildflower in late May.

June 18 – Chico: Gateway Science Museum: Discovery Room demonstration: Preparing Butterfly Specimens for Display! 11 am – 1 pm. Join regional Butterfly expert Sterling Mattoon in the museum’s Discovery Lab as he walks visitors through his process for preparing butterfly specimens for display, and the anatomy of a butterfly! Gateway’s Summer Hours run June 18th – August 10th. Monday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm weekdays only. More info:


June 21 – Redding: Shasta Chapter California Native Plant Society: General Member Meeting and Program: Outdoor Meeting This will be an outdoor Chapter meeting to kick off the summer at Margaret & Bud Widdowson’s house in Summit City. Margaret is our Chapter secretary and Bud is our book chairman. This will be a potluck dinner, so bring a potluck dish to share, and also lawn chairs and mosquito bug juice. Dinner will be around 6 PM. We will introduce the scholarship recipients at this meeting. Directions: Take the Shasta Dam Boulevard exit off of I-5. At the traffic light, turn north onto Union School Road, follow it back over the freeway for about 0.6 mile, then turn left on Holiday Road (at the storage unit sign). After 0.2 mile, turn right up the hill and take the second left into the driveway. The address is 19412 Lee View Lane. Call 916/752-0941 if you get lost. For more info:

June 23 – Chico: Cultivating Community Workshop: Introduction to Permaculture with Stephanie and Brian Ladwig Cooper, Gaia Creations 10 am – 3 pm. In this interactive workshop, certified permaculture designers Stephanie and Brian Ladwig-Cooper will introduce you to the basic ethics and principles of permaculture. You will learn permaculture strategies and methods for effective food production in our mediterranean climate. Workshop Activities: – Meet and network with other permaculture oriented folks in the Chico area. – Learn how to and help create a ‘Hugelkulture’ style garden bed with logs, branches and other woody debris (‘Hugelkulture is a water conserving method of garden bed creation). – Plant a ‘Hugelkulture’ garden bed with vegetables and mint for bermuda grass control. Course fee: Sliding scale $5-15 due at the beginning of workshop To register: visit Please bring something to share for a potluck style lunch. Beverages will be provided. For more information, contact Monica at or 530-588-0441 About the presenters: Stephanie and Brian Ladwig-Cooper started their Chico area husband-wife business, Gaia Creations Ecological Landscaping & Permaculture Solutions, in 2000 and they are founders of the Chico Permaculture Guild. Their company vision is “to create a living balance within your urban landscape or rural property; one that will sustain generations of bountiful harvests and everlasting beauty”. More information about the presenters is available at their website:

June 24 – Redding: Shasta Chapter California Native Plant Society: Plant Clean up Session One- to two-hour work session starting at 10 AM at the Shasta College greenhouses. The greenhouses are located at the back of Shasta College, near the livestock barns. We will be weeding, spiffing up, and transplanting. Please call Jay & Terri Thesken at 221-0906 for further information. For more info:

June 24 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Field Trip: Deer Creek Falls & Fish Ladder Meet Chico Park & Ride west parking lot (Hwy 99/32) to leave at 9 am. Leaders: Wes Dempsey ph: 530-342-2293 and Gerry Ingco ph: 530-893-5123. For more information:

Photo:A small waterfall flanked by native rhododendron in bloom in early June.

June 24 – Sacramento: California Native Plant Society Sacramento Chapter: Pollination Sensation 10 am – 11:30 am. California Native Plant Demonstration Garden in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway. a celebration of National Pollinator Week, several special guests TBA. 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 Follow us on Facebook at

June 24 – Redding: Community Teaching Garden, on the campus of Shasta College, Workshop: MY GARDEN IS PLANTED, NOW WHAT? CARING, TENDING AND WATERING 9 am – 11 am. Community Teaching Garden, Shasta College Main Campus. Presenter: TBA Fee: $15.00. Getting the soil prepared and the plants planted is the first step to a successful garden. Congratulations, but you are not done yet. Now you need to tend the garden as it grows to ensure that your harvest matches your hopes. How much do you water and how often? How do you create an efficient irrigation system? What to do about weeds? What kind of supports do you need for tomatoes, cu- cumbers and beans? What do you mulch with and how thick? How about extra nutrients for your heavy feeders? How can you improve pollination and fruit development? When are your melons ripe? This workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and develop your skills for tending your vegetable garden through to the harvest. You will learn how to get the most from your crops and lengthen your harvest, and quite possibly pick up some tips for greater success where you might be having problems. For beginners to experienced gardeners. Bring your questions. For more info:

June 25 – 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:

June 30 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Field Trip: Valley Creek Special Interest Area (SIA) – Plumas National Forest Saturday. Meet at Chico Park & Ride west parking lot (Hwy 99/32) to leave at 8:30 am. Leader: Gerry Ingco ph: 530-893-5123. Take a lunch, water, sun/insect protection, hiking shoes, and money for ride sharing. Join us for a guided tour lead by Forest Service botanist, Chris Christofferson. In the headwaters of the South Fork of the Feather River, near the historic Gold Rush town of La Porte. 2.5 mile easy hike leads into a park-like ravine among giant old growth conifers with a rich understory of native herbaceous plants and shrubs The stand of virgin timber has been spared from extensive timber harvesting. Call for alternate meeting place. For more information:

Photo: Oak growing out of a sheer cliff wall in the Feather River Canyon.

June 30 – 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.

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  1. Avatar pmarshall says:

    Wonderful article. Now, I think we may have grasshoppers and earwigs; Otherwise, so far, our fruit trees are doing well. Haved picked our cherries and apricots. Here in Redding sometimes the weather can give us a surprise. All in all, if the birds will not eat all of our fruit, we will enjoy a lot of it. Thanks for the article.