Happy Birthday, 5 Years Old & Calendar of North State Gardening Events

On January 26th, 2008, Northstate Public Radio aired its first segment of In a North State Garden, a locally-conceived and produced, 4-minute, often interview-based program celebrating home gardening in the North State Region; a region 10 counties strong, just about the size of the state of Ohio and home to more diverse plant life, habitat and climate fluctuation than many countries can claim. Photo: Frosty native mahonia.

When I first approached my producer, Joe O, with the idea of this program, one of my personal goals was to put my time and garden writing efforts into highlighting the many resources and strengths of the gardening community in which I myself lived. I am proud to feel that I – in partnership with Northstate Public Radio – have done just that. Photo: Signs of spring – violets blooming in February.

My first interview for the program was with Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences Wes Demspey about the Chico State Arboretum and his regionally renowned tours of it. Since that broadcast 5 years ago, In a North State Gardenhas aired 258 weekly programs and another 20 or so one-hour call-in specials for membership drives and Monday evening’s I-5 LIVE. We have talked to gardeners, growers and plant lovers from just about all 10 counties, and featured gardens or gardening events all over this great big beautiful region. We have talked about planting and pruning, eating and composting, sharing with each other and teaching our children. In the calendar of regional gardening events, we have heard from plant societies, garden clubs, permaculture groups, independent nurseries, book stores, display gardens and many many individuals. We have learned about habitats, native plants, invasive plants, flowering plants and edible plants; about microbes, fungi, chemistry, soil science, water resources, botanical illustration. Every week – together in some way – we have shared the power of gardening to lift us up as people and bring us together as a community. Photo:Native plant enthusiast and advocate, Wes Dempsey with a gray pine cone.

These five years of visiting and photographing, talking, sharing and collaborating with others passionate about gardening has indeed been a celebration. A big thanks to Northstate Public Radio for supporting the idea and airing it, to Joe O for producing the program – now as a volunteer, to Magnolia Gift & Garden for their on-air Northstate Public Radio sponsorship of the program, to AnewsCafe.com who runs the feature essay every week without fail, and to Gateway Science Museum for their continued support of the web-programming. Photo:A resourceful water can in a school garden.

So happy birthday In a North State Garden, many happy returns. I’m looking forward to all the learning and sharing about life In a North State Garden still ahead of us.

February in the North State garden makes me happy to live here. (Hard to say what month doesn’t, but February holds its own joys and lessons…) It’s still winter of course, and we still have rain and snow to enjoy, but hints of spring are all around making any prolonged periods of cold and gray completely bearable. Photo:Mt. Shasta of a February evening.

My snowdrops are up, as are many varieties of narcissus, and the fragrance of my honeysuckle is sweet smelling and lovely. Spring lettuces are sweet tasting and tender; winter greens bulk up stews and soups and stir-fry. Photo:Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima)

February is a good time to keep pruning dormant trees and vines, it’s a good time to finish up pruning roses in the warmer sections of the North State. Bare root roses, fruit trees and many perennial vegetables like asparagus and artichoke plants are widely available at our local nurseries and ready to be planted during breaks from bad weather if your soil is workable. If you’re going to start tender vegetable or annual seeds indoors, bad weather February days and early February evenings are good times to do this; some cold happy vegetable starts or seeds can be sown outside already, including peas lettuce beets broccoli carrots and chard.

If you are still pruning, Wyntour gardens has several pruning classes through the month, if you are looking for seeds or planting them, the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Redding has a seed starting class on Feb 9th and the Chico Permaculture Guild has their 4th annual seed swap on Feb 23rd in Chico. If you are a community or school garden, throughout the month Wyntour Gardens in Redding has seeds to donate. Looking for an educational night or day out? Turtle Bay, The Chico Creek Nature Center, Chico State Herbarium, the local Native plant societies and garden clubs, and the UC Davis Arboretum all offer some wonderful outings and speakers this month. See below for more calendar details. Photo:The tangy and lovely leaves of red sorrel – a reliable winter crop.

Winter Clouds From Mt. Shasta

Winter Clouds From Mt. Shasta

While there is always work to be done, winter is a time of dormancy and much deserved slowing down and building up reserves for all living things, so keep that in mind for the gardener too. The calendar of North State Gardening events has a lot to offer to help you in all these areas. 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 winter-bare tree by evening light.

JANUARY

Jan 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.

Jan 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 27 -Chico: Chico Permaculture Guild Meeting 1 – 4 First Chico Permaculture Guild Gathering of the New Year! Please Join Us!! 1926 Salem St. Chico, CA. IF YOU PLAN TO COME PLEASE NOTIFY STEPHANIE BY E-MAIL TO modcpg@gmail.com OR BY PHONE TO 530-828-6390. We will begin discussions of our plans for 2013: 1. Scheduling regular Guild Gatherings each month. 2. When to start back up with our PermaBlitz events (we have a list of members who wish to host, if you would like to get on this list please attend this meeting!) 3. The upcoming Spring Seed Swap (co-organized again this year with GRUB and Guild member Sherri Scott. fyi: the Seed Swap is looking to bigger and better than ever this year!) 4. Our facilitation and participation in other local workshops and events 5. Your ideas and dreams for the Guild. Looking forward to our first gathering of the New Year!

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 95927 For more info: http://www.butte-rosesociety.org

FEBRUARY

Feb 2 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Grape Pruning Workshop 11 am. Learn when and how to properly prune and care for your backyard table grapes. 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

Feb 2 – Whiskeytown: Annual Fruit Tree Restoration Pruning at Historic Camden House presented by arborist Rico Montenegro Though the information is applicable to all types of trees especially fruit trees, the emphasis will be on the restoration of the old 100 to 150 year old apple trees at the site. Please bring your own tools and be prepared to have some hands on experience at the site. This is a wonderful way to learn some new information about tree care, but also to give back to the community by volunteering to help with the restoration of these historic old trees. Contact Rico at 365-1920 for more information or please RSVP at ricosplants@hotmail.com and additional information will be sent.

Feb 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)

Feb 5 – Chico: Chico Creek Nature Center Spring NEd Talk Series 7 – 8:30 pm. Entry fee: donation encouraged. 1) Caitlyn Reilly: “The Dynamic Mississippi Delta & Its Daunting Disappearance” 2) Eric Miller: (Grand Canyon Stories) 3) Dave Miller: “Whoa!–Don’t forget about the Poa” 1968 E. 8th Street, Chico. (530) 891-4671 (Nature Center)

Feb 6 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Regular Monthly meeting and Program: Native Plant Conservations Efforts, Greg Suba, Conservation Director for statewide California Native Plant Society 7:30 pm Butte County Library, Chico. Greg Suba, Conservation Director for statewide California Native Plant Society, will discuss describe current efforts in native plant conservation, including the difficulties of siting renewable energy sources so that critical plant habitat is not needlessly destroyed. Greg has been Conservation Director since 2009. He worked previously as a watershed coordinator, science educator and biological consultant and also spent several years monitoring streams and surveying forests throughout the state. He has a BS in biology and an MS in Marine Science. For more information: http://mountlassen.cnps.org/

Feb 8 – Anderson: Anderson Valley Garden Club Monthly Meeting and Program 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. For more information call Nancy: 530-365-2014.

Feb 9 – Chico: Friends of The Chico State Herbarium California State University, Chico – Workshop: The Wild Dessert: Preparing Food From Native Plants 9 am – 12 pm, Learn how to prepare unforgettable desserts made from backyard edibles such as Manzanita berries, acorns, and California bay. Taste California bay ice cream and oak nut bliss bars and discover how to turn acorns into a nutritious, gluten-free flour. The instructor, Alicia Goldberg Funk, recently co-authored, “Living Wild: Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of the Sierra Nevada”. This workshop will meet from 9am to 12pm at 129 Holt Hall. The registration is $45.00. Please register in advance. 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

Feb 9 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Fieldtrip: Stoney Gulch and Princess Ditch Trail Meet 9 am. This trail is on the new BLM Mule Mountain trail complex. The trail starts near the site of the old mining town of Muletown and meanders along an old water ditch in blue oak-gray pine woodland and chaparral and then goes up a fairly steep slope to a ridge overlooking Swasey Drive. Many of the gray pines in this area are infected with dwarf mistletoe, and it will be fairly easy to identify the male and female plants. This 4- to 5-mile trail, of moderate difficulty, passes through a beautiful, fairly secluded area. Meet at Redding City Hall’s south parking lot on Parkview Avenue at 9 AM. No dogs please. For more information, please call David Ledger at 355-8542. For more info: www.shastacnps.org

Feb 9 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Berries: Pruning and Care Workshop 11 am. Learn when and how to properly prune and care for your home-grown berries, from cane berries to strawberries. 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

Feb 9 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: INDOOR SEED STARTING FOR YOUR SPRING GARDEN 10 am – noon. Dreaming of your spring garden while perusing seed catalogs on cold winter nights? February is an ideal time to get a head start on your spring garden. Join Lisa Endicott to learn about an easy (and productive) home seed starting apparatus you can put together yourself! Free for members, $3 for guests. Class held at Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office – 1135 Arboretum Drive (Next to Greenhouse in Nursery)For more info: http://www.turtlebay.org

Feb 9 – Davis:UC Davis Arboretum Guided Tour: Native American Uses of Plants 2:00 pm, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Take a guided tour of the Native American Contemplative Garden to learn about traditional uses of native plants. 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.

Feb 10 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society FIELD TRIP: CSU Chico Greenhouse Tour, with Greenhouse Manager Tim Devine Meet at 10 am. Meet at CSU Health Center parking lot at the corner of Warner St. and College Ave. From there we will walk to short distance to the greenhouses. Tim Devine has collected hundreds of unusual plants from all over the world and is eager to show them to us in temperature-controlled aquatic, tropical and desert settings. We’ll see shield ferns, orchids, cacti, pticher plants, and many others. Finish by noon. Leader, Tim 530-345-8444. For more information see website at mountlassen.cnps.org

Feb 11 – 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

Feb 12 – Chico: Chico Creek Nature Center Spring NEd Talk Series 7 – 8:30 pm. Entry fee: donation encouraged. 1) Tom Barrett: “Hard Work, Low Pay, and Miserable Conditions: A Mini-Memoir of the California Conservation Corps” 2) Stacey Wear: “A Story of Respectful Revolution” 3) Gerard Ungerman: “Hypermiling, Respectfully” 1968 E. 8th Street, Chico. (530) 891-4671 (Nature Center)

Feb 13 – Davis:UC Davis Arboretum Walk with Warren Noon, Gazebo. Explore the gardens near the Shields Oak Grove with Warren Roberts, Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus. 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.

Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day

Feb 14 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Valentine’s Day Weekday Plant Propagation Session 11 am – 1 pm. We will likely have loads of plants and cuttings that need to be propagated, and weeding to do, so we will have another February weekday 2-hour work session starting at 11 AM (instead of our usual 10 AM) at the Shasta College greenhouses. Bring clippers and any other tools you might need. Please call Jay & Terri Thesken at 221-0906 for further information. For more info: www.shastacnps.org

Feb 16 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Grape Pruning Workshop 11 am. Learn when and how to properly prune and care for your backyard table grapes. 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

Feb 16 – Forest Ranch: Chico Canyon Retreat – Nurture in Nature Retreat, An Innovative approach to stress management that blends art and nature with Anasuya Basil and Suzanne Lorenz 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mental health issues are often linked to stress. All the leading causes of death such as heart disease and cancer are stress-related. Many of us respond to stress in unhealthy ways. Behaviors like overeating, compulsive shopping, and arguing with your partner are not only ineffective but they increase anxiety and depression. Solution: This is a one-day retreat for men, women and couples to refine and upgrade our response to stress in a way that strengthens us rather than debilitating our health. Through nature awareness and creativity exercises we will release old anxieties and improve mood and brain function while sparking the creative spirit. Scientific support for art and nature: Studies show that spending time in nature leads to more self-discipline and impulse control, better mental health and improved immune system functioning. http://nres.illinois.edu/News_Green_Environment_Kuo. Much research has been described in Richard Louv’s book, “The Nature Principle”. Over 2500 hospitals in the US use art to support patients’ health. Studies show that engaging in creativity reduces anxiety and increases positive emotions. Anasuya Basil NC, Dipl, ABT, CST and Suzanne Lorenz, LCSW have a combined background of varied experience in nature connection, photography, painting, therapy, addiction, nutrition, body awareness, acupressure, guided imagery and craniosacral therapy. For more information visit their websites: Anasuya Basil www.mybodywisdom.net Suzanne Lorenz www.suzanne.lorenz.com. Location: Chico Canyon Retreat, a hidden gem of a place, nestled in Chico Creek Canyon on several hundred acres including the creek, towering cliffs and expansive oak grasslands. www.chicocanyon.com Fee: $165.00 Early Bird Special: $145.00 if registered by February 9, 2013 Contact: Anasuya at (land) 530-343-2796 / (cell) 510-848-8439 / anasuya@mybodywisdom.net or Suzanne at (cell) 530-961-2432 / suzannelorenz@gmail.com

Feb 16 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Fieldtrip: Fieldtrip: Hornbeck Trail Meet 9 am. This 4-mile loop in north Redding follows part of the route of the historic Quartz Railroad. The first half of the walk is level and winds through mixed chaparral and oak woodland; the return trip drops down near Keswick Lake and its riparian-influenced plants. Meet at Redding City Hall’s south parking lot on Parkview Avenue at 9 AM to carpool to the trailhead. No dogs, please. For more information, please call David Ledger at 355-8542. For more info: www.shastacnps.org

Feb 17 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Successful Seed Starting 11 am. Learn the secrets to successful seed starting. See how easy it is to grow your own veggie starts! 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

Feb 19 – Chico: Chico Creek Nature Center Spring NEd Talk Series 7 – 8:30 pm. Entry fee: donation encouraged. 1) Jennifer Jewell: “Art, Architecture and Engineering – Oh, What We Can See in a Seed!” 2) John Whittlesey: “Danger among the Daisies – Predators and Pollinators” 3) Jon Luvaas: Location: 1968 E. 8th Street, Chico. (530) 891-4671 (Nature Center)

Feb 20 – 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.

Feb 21 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Regular monthly meeting & program Join us for a photo presentation of Rocky Mountain and Montana wildflowers by Jay & Terri Thesken, Shasta Chapter members, from their July 2012 trip to points north. This will also include wildflowers and wildlife at Glacier National Park.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

Feb 23 – 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.

Feb 23 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Berries: Pruning and Care Workshop 11 am. Learn when and how to properly prune and care for your home-grown berries, from cane berries to strawberries. 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

Feb 23 – Davis:UC Davis Arboretum Guided Tour: Early Spring in the Terrace Garden 2 pm, Arboretum Terrace Garden. Look for signs of spring in the Terrace Garden and take home ideas of plants for your own containers and beds. 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.

Feb 23 – Chico: Chico Permaculture Guild & GRUB host: 4th Annual Seed Swap in Chic0 2 – 6pm, 1525 Dayton, Road, Chico. Chico Permaculture Guild and GRUB Education proudly invite you the 4th Annual Seed Swap! We are working on getting off the ground the largest Seed Swap yet: * Excellent speaker line up * Tables and more tables for exchanging seed * Kids area for making seed balls (grown ups can too!)* Info on organizing Chico’s first Seed Library More details to come…For more information contact: Stephanie (Chico Permaculture Guild) 530-828-6390 / modcpg@gmail.com or Sherri (GRUB Education) 530-342-3376 / sherri@grubchico.org

Feb 24 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society FIELD TRIP: “Lost Arboretum” Walk, Lower Bidwell Park Meet at 7:30 am. Meet at Cedar Grove parking lot for a short guided tour to see an amazing collection of century-old trees. Bidwell gave these 29 acres to the state in 1888 to establish an experiment station/tree nursery to test useful woody plants from all over the world for distribution throughout northern California. There are still about 70 different species surviving from these plantings, including Italian cypress and Portuguese cork oak. Ends at noon. Leader Wes 530-342-2293. For more information see website at mountlassen.cnps.org

Feb 24 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Plant Propagation Session 10 am – 12 pm. Join us for our regular 2-hour work session starting at 10 AM at the Shasta College greenhouses. The greenhouses are located toward the back of Shasta College, near the livestock barns. We will be potting up new rooted materials from our December-January cuttings. Bring clippers and any other tools you might need. Please call Jay & Terri Thesken at 221-0906 for further information. For more info: www.shastacnps.org

Feb 24 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Successful Seed Starting 11 am. Learn the secrets to successful seed starting.See how easy it is to grow your own veggie starts! 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

Feb 24 – Davis:UC Davis Arboretum Family Program: Native Californian Elderberry Flute-Making Workshop 1-3 pm, 146 Environmental Horticulture. In this free 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. 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.

Feb 25 – FULL MOON

Feb 26 – Chico: Chico Creek Nature Center Spring NEd Talk Series 7 – 8:30 pm. Entry fee: donation encouraged. 1) Lise Smith – Peters: (Bidwell Park and Greenways Volunteer Program) 2) Peter Hollingsworth: 3) Ron Greenberg: “The Big Squeeze: Boas, Pythons, and More”. Location: 1968 E. 8th Street, Chico. (530) 891-4671 (Nature Center)

Feb 26 – 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

Feb 27 – Chico: Chico Horticultural Society Chapter meeting, and Program by Kinney Nursery on the basics of Garden soils and supplements 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.

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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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4 Responses

  1. Jennifer Jewell, you are a gem!

    Happy birthday to you and In a North State Garden, your horticultural brainchild and love project.

    From everyone at A News Cafe.com, we salute and thank you for the incredible, informative, delightful, beautiful articles, photographs and radio programs you bring each week.

    Your column was among the first to appear on this site, back when we had just a few thousand unique visitors. I remember fondly our first meeting in Chico where we ate lunch, got to know each other, and figured out how each of our fledging ventures could help the other. And here we are, half a decade later, still going strong.

    Thank you, thank you, Jennifer. Here's to another year, and many years to come. milestone birthday.

    • Jennifer Jewell Jennifer Jewell says:

      half a decade sounds so GROWN UP….smile! Thank you Doni, you are a wonderful model and mentor. xo

  2. Avatar Carrie says:

    My sentiments also. I love this column!

  3. Avatar Canda says:

    Happy Birthday to your wonderful creation, Jennifer!