A Long Winter’s Nap: January & The North State Calendar of Gardening Events

In this last bit of 2012, I am ruminating on two quotes that struck me recently from a TED talk given by Dr. Brené Brown on the Power of Vulnerability. The whole talk was fascinating, but the two quotes that have stuck in my middle-aged brain are these: “Comparison kills creativity”, and “Hope is a function of struggle”. For some reason, these two fairly self-evident truths articulated were for me lovely epiphanies. I am holding them close in my head, in my heart and in my garden as I enter into the New Year.

I don’t know about you, but for me (and my garden) both creativity and hope are directly related to good food and good sleep. And by food of course I am being as literal as the eggs I might have for breakfast, the nutrients and amendments I might add to my soil to nourish my plants, or as figurative as the words and images with which I fill my head, the company with which I surround myself; likewise, by sleep I am being as literal as the length and quality of the sleep I provide myself each night, the long winter’s naps I might find time and need for, the length and quality of the winter dormancy provided to my garden each winter and as figurative as the amount of rest from the striving and searching and scurrying and comparing which I do or don’t allow to drive my days and hours.

A friend who regularly offers me good counsel, suggested that it’s much more satisfying and reasonable to forego rigid resolutions and aim for “a little more of this” or “a little less of that” in my life. I liked this idea. So while the first months of the new year are full of cutting back and cleaning out and planning for, I will try to work toward a little more rest, a little less comparison. A little more nourishment, a little less struggle. I will work to include few more long winter’s naps.

In the calendar of monthly gardening events, there is plenty of room for both a little less and little more. With the help of many groups, by January’s end you will have a little less biomass in the garden and know a little more about good pruning techniques. The first few months of the new year are a good time to prune dormant fruit trees, vines and roses. It is also the time to plant bare root trees and shrubs.

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!

DECEMBER

Dec 28 – FULL MOON

Dec 29 – 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.

Dec 29 – Chico: Butte Rose Society Regular Annual Rose Pruning Demo at Stansbury House Public Welcome! For more info: http://www.butte-rosesociety.org

JANUARY 2013

Jan 1 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society FIELD TRIP: BANANA BELT Field Trip UPPER BIDWELL PARK Meet at 10 am at Horseshoe Lake, parking lot E with lunch and drink. Wear hiking shoes for the scramble up to the north ridge where we will see the first of the new year’s flowers and the last of the old ones. With two good early rains already, we have a good chance to see blue dicks, purple mouse ears, goldfields along with some Indian paintbrush and gumweed. If the weather cooperates we will have lunch at a Maidu rock shelter that comes equipped with 30 bedrock mortars and running water. Common manzanita may be in bloom down by the park road. Leaders: Wes 530-342-2293 and Gerry 530-893-5123

Jan 5 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Charlie Rabbit and His Friends10:30 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)

Jan 5 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Annual Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops 10 am and 1 pm. Freshen up your pruning skills and learn how to properly prune and care for your fruit trees. Classes are Free but Reservations are Required. Please call or email to reserve your seat. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Rd (1 mi. South of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Mkt). 530-365-2256/inform@wyntourgardens.com. www.wyntourgardens.com

Jan 5 – Redding: Shasta Rose Society Annual Rose Pruning Demo 10 am rain or shine, Shasta Rose Society will be pruning the rose garden at Redding City Hall, around the fountain, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. The public is invited to come and participate. Consulting rosarians will be there to give lessons and participants can learn, hands on, the proper techniques for pruning roses. Bring pruners and gloves. For more info email Robert Parker: bobsanpark@gmail.com

Jan 6 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Care & Planting of Bare Root Trees Workshop, presented by George Winter1 pm. Freshen up your pruning skills and learn how to properly prune and care for your fruit trees. Classes are Free but Reservations are Required. Please call or email to reserve your seat. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Rd (1 mi. South of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Mkt). 530-365-2256/inform@wyntourgardens.com. www.wyntourgardens.com

Jan 9 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Annual Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops 11 am. Freshen up your pruning skills and learn how to properly prune and care for your fruit trees. Classes are Free but Reservations are Required. Please call or email to reserve your seat. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Rd (1 mi. South of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Mkt). 530-365-2256/inform@wyntourgardens.com. www.wyntourgardens.com

Jan 9 – Chico: North Valley Orchid Society Regular Member Meeting & Program 7 pm at the Butte County Library on Sheridan Ave and First Avenue in Chico. Please note the day change AND the change in location. For more info, please contact Tricia Edelmann, PEdelmann@csuchico.edu, 530-891-4224.

Jan 11 – Anderson: Anderson Valley Garden Club Monthly Meeting and Program on Care and Keeping of Bonsai with Art Tilles of the Redding Bonsai Society 12 noon, public welcome. Anderson Valley Garden Club meets the 2nd friday of each month at the Anderson City Hall Community Room unless otherwise stated. Meeting begins at noon. Art will bring samples of bonsai and share his knowledge. For more information call Nancy: 530-365-2014.

Jan 12 – Hamilton City: Glenn County Master Gardeners Present Annual Tree Pruning Workshop at Mills Orchard, with Pam Geisel, Chick Ingles and Robert Fanno 10 am – 1 pm RAIN OR SHINE. Freshen up your pruning skills and learn how to properly prune and care for all kinds of trees. Chuck Ingles and Pam Geisel (both co-authors on the UC “Backyard Orchard Book” will be conducting this hands on training. In addition, Robert Fanno from Fanno saw will be coming to talk about pruning tool care. 7782 County Road 16 Hamilton City, CA 95951 Take County Road VV South from Hwy 32, just west of Hamilton City. Cost – $20.00 per person. Preregister at: http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=7857

Jan 12 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Rose Care & Pruning Workshop 1 pm. Freshen up your pruning skills and learn how to properly prune and care for your roses. Classes are Free but Reservations are Required. Please call or email to reserve your seat. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Rd (1 mi. South of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Mkt). 530-365-2256/inform@wyntourgardens.com. www.wyntourgardens.com

Jan 12 – Davis:UC Davis Arboretum Winter Birds in Davis: Slideshow & Tour1:00 pm, 146 Environmental Horticulture, UC Davis. Learn about local birds during a free slide show and tour of the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday, January 12. Enjoy a slide show highlighting birds you might see in winter in the Arboretum. Then, weather permitting, take a stroll with the docent to look for birds in the garden. The tour will meet at 1:00 p.m. at 146 Environmental Horticulture. The event is free; parking is free on the weekends and available in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

Jan 13 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Annual Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops 1 pm. Freshen up your pruning skills and learn how to properly prune and care for your fruit trees. Classes are Free but Reservations are Required. Please call or email to reserve your seat. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Rd (1 mi. South of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Mkt). 530-365-2256/inform@wyntourgardens.com. www.wyntourgardens.com

Jan 14 – Paradise: Paradise Garden Club Regular Monthly Meeting & Program 11:45 pm. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway, Paradise. Join us at 11:45 for Horticulture Display, Plant Sale, Benefit Drawing & Refreshments Program: Begins 1:00 PM Speaker: TBD Topic: TBD General Membership Meeting following program. For more info: http://paradisegardenclub.org/calendar.html

Jan 14 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Rose Care & Pruning Workshop 1 pm. Freshen up your pruning skills and learn how to properly prune and care for your roses. Classes are Free but Reservations are Required. Please call or email to reserve your seat. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Rd (1 mi. South of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Mkt). 530-365-2256/inform@wyntourgardens.com. www.wyntourgardens.com

Jan 14 & 15 – Chico: Northern California Botanists 5th Symposium FROM THE REDWOODS TO THE SAGEBRUSH: BOTANY FAR AND WIDE This year’s symposium will kick off with a reception sponsored by the California Botanical Society Field trips and additional workshops will follow the symposium on January 16th. For details and registration go to: www.norcalbotanists.org

Jan 16 – Chico: Chico Horticultural Society Chapter meeting, and Program by Marti Leicester and David Nopel on History of the Humboldt Road and its Horticultural Legacy 9:30 am gather at Chico Public Library corner of 1st and Sherman, Chico. 10 am Program Begins. The public is invited to attend our meetings and their is no admission fee. If you have questions call Ana at 892-1545, or email Jennifer@jewellgarden.com.

Jan 16 – Redding: Shasta Rose Society Regular monthly meeting & program 7 – 8 pm. City of Redding Corporation Yard, 2055 Viking Way, Building 4, Room 401, Redding, California. The meetings are held for the purpose of presenting an educational program by an authority on roses and their cultivation. Meetings are open to the public. For more info: http://www.shastarosesociety.org/Shasta_Rose_Society/Home.html.

Jan 17 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Regular monthly meeting & program 7 – 9 pm. Shasta College Health Science & University Programs building, downtown Redding, 1400 Market Street, Community Room 8220 (Southwest corner of Market & Tehama Streets). For more info: www.shastacnps.org

Jan 19 – Chico: Friends of The Chico State Herbarium California State University, Chico Intro to Mushroom Foraging and ID with Phil Carpenter 9 am – 5 pm, Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Conference Center. This workshop will be useful for rank beginners as well as for people with some knowledge of mushrooms. We will start the day with an hour or so of introduction to the subject – how to get started, what you need to be concerned about in doing identifications, and a question and answer period. After that, we will go into the field to gather mushrooms, following the advice provided in the introduction. When we return from gathering mushrooms we’ll get into the identification part of the workshop using the field guide Mushrooms De- mystified by David Arora. The process of identifying mushrooms will be described with the variety of mush- rooms that were gathered in the field. The class may close with taste testing of the edibles we find to give participants an idea of how to start cooking with them. With some extra planning, perhaps we can have some bread, cheese and wine to round out the tasting. This workshop will meet Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve conference center. PLEASE MEET AT THE EAST END OF THE PARK-AND-RIDE LOTS AT THE INTERSECTION OF HWY 99 AND HWY 32 AT 8:30 A.M. TO COORDINATE TRAVEL TO THE RE- SERVE (please contact Linnea Hanson for meeting information – linneachanson@gmail.com). The regis- tration fee is $100.00 personal, $125.00 business ($90.00 for members of Friends of the Herbarium). Please register in advance; class size is limited to 25 participants (class cancelled without a minimum of 10 participants). For more information about workshop content please contact Philip Carpenter at philandmac@sbcglobal.net. For more information about workshop registration please contact the Biology office at (530) 898-5356 or jbraden@csuchico.edu. For more information: www.csuchico.edu/biol/Herb/Friends.html

Jan 19 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Annual Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops presented by arborist Rico Montenegro 10 am and 1 pm. Freshen up your pruning skills and learn how to properly prune and care for your fruit trees. Classes are Free but Reservations are Required. Please call or email to reserve your seat. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Rd (1 mi. South of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Mkt). 530-365-2256/inform@wyntourgardens.com. www.wyntourgardens.com

January 24 – 27 – Butte County: Snowgoose Festival – Experience the Wonders of the Pacific Flyway Over 50 guided field trips and workshops; Junior Naturalist Activities; Art Exhibition & Reception and Avenue 9 Gallery & The Artistry; Banquet and Silent Auction – John Muir Law, Naturalist; Exhibits and Vendors Galore! Registration begins in early December: www.snowgoosefestival.org; 530-345-1865; info@snowgoosefestival.org.

January 26 – Chico: Snowgoose Festival Presentation “Less Lawn, More Wildlife” by John Whittlesey, Owner of Canyon Creek Nursery & Design 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Location: Chico Masonic Family Center. Lawns are wonderful for children to play on and dogs to run on, and the expanse of green is certainly appreciated in the heat of the summer. Lawns, however, use large quantities of water and fertilizer, need mowing, and provide little to no habitat for insects and birds. In this workshop I will discuss the nuts and bolts of converting a lawn to a wildlife friendly garden. We will cover methods to kill the lawn, with an emphasis on sheet mulching; how to change over the irrigation; design considerations; and plant choices. $8 Adult ; $5 Youth www.snowgoosefestival.org; 530-345-1865; info@snowgoosefestival.org.

Jan 26 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Annual Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops presented by arborist Rico Montenegro 10 am and 1 pm. Freshen up your pruning skills and learn how to properly prune and care for your fruit trees. Classes are Free but Reservations are Required. Please call or email to reserve your seat. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Rd (1 mi. South of the Redding Airport, next to Kents Mkt). 530-365-2256/inform@wyntourgardens.com. www.wyntourgardens.com

Jan 26 – Davis:UC Davis Arboretum Audacious Aussies & Curious Kiwis 1:00 pm, Wyatt Deck, Arboretum Drive (formerly known as Old Davis Road), UC Davis. Discover the unusual features of plants from Australia and New Zealand. The closest parking is in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. The tour will meet at 1:00 p.m. at Wyatt Deck, located next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Participants will take a stroll with a docent to explore our collections from “down under.” For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

Jan 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.

Jan 27 – FULL MOON

Jan 29 – Chico: Butte Rose Society Regular Monthly Meeting and Program 7 pm Public Welcome! At the Chico Veterans Memorial Hall on 554 Rio Lindo Ave in Chico, California. Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Butte-Rose-Society/189382585776 Or contact us by US Mail at: Butte Rose Society, P. O. Box 8888, Chico, CA 95927For more info: http://www.butte-rosesociety.org


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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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