New Moon, New Year: January in the Garden & Northstate Calendar of Gardening Events

By some powerful synchronicity New Year’s Day 2014 arrives on the same day as the New Moon. A fresh start in the stars and in our daily planning. A traditional time for letting go of the old and welcoming the new. What do you have planned? What are you ready to release with gratitude and what are you ready to open yourself to with yet more gratitude?

A friend says to me: Love arises from an infinite source. The more you feel it for yourself, for others, for the world around you, the more there is to tap into for everyone – even if you can’t see it.


To the naked eye – our plants and gardens in large part go dormant in the month. But beneath the soil – where it really matters – life is good and busy. Root systems are extending and renewing themselves for the above-ground growing season to come. With the help of the annual crop of seed and plant catalogues to dream over on the rainy or snowy days we hope are coming, we as gardeners rejuvenate ourselves with yearly planning and scheming.

With the help of our standard winter chores such as pruning trees, shrubs, roses and vines, cleaning out tool sheds and cleaning up tools, we as gardeners take stock of where we grew last year and where we hope to grow this year. With the help of long nights and frosty mornings, this spare time of year helps us to see our gardens beyond the plants.


And as usual, the many gardening related organizations help us to open ourselves to the newness of life every week: In this first month of the new year, look for rose and fruit tree pruning classes from nurseries and rose societies, look for bare root planting season specials as well. The On-line Calendar of Regional Gardening Events at jewellgarden.com adds events throughout the month. I do my very best to keep the calendar up to date and accurate, please confirm all events with the event host. If you have an event you would like listed or if you are aware of a mistake on the calendar, please send all pertinent information to: Jennifer@jewellgarden.com! Thanks!

Dec 28: Chico: Butte Rose Society Stansbury House Rose Pruning Demonstration. Butte Rose Society (BRS) presents a free public rose pruning demonstration at the Stansbury House in Chico, California. 9 am – 12 noon or when the job is done. For more information about BRS, visit: www.butte-rosesociety.org or call Neva Youngs, 530-588-0158.

Jan 1 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Field Trip: Annual New Year’s Day Banana Belt Hike to view early spring flowers and the last of the fall flowers. Lunch at an Indian rock shelter. Sponsored by the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Meet at 10 am at Parking Area E. Bring lunch & water and wear hiking gear. This is about a 2 mile walk. For more information see website at mountlassen.cnps.org

Jan 4 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS FIELD TRIP: New Year’s Westside Trail Hike. 9 am meet. Start the New Year off right with an easy-to-moderate 4- to 5-mile walk starting at Mary Lake and proceeding up the Westside Trail through chaparral and oak woodland. We should see manzanita, coyote brush, Indian warrior, and hound’s tongue starting to bloom. We will identify many different plants typical of chaparral and oak woodlands. There are great views of Redding and surrounding areas at the top of the trail. Meet at 9 AM at Mary Lake and Lakeshore drives. No dogs, please. For more information, call David Ledger at 355-8542. For more info: http://www.shastacnps.org

Jan 4 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops 10 am and 1 pm, Presented by Rico Montenegro, Certified Arborist and part of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.org. These fruit tree pruning classes are taught by experts in their fields. They fill up fast, so please call or email to reserve your seat! 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256 – Email Us: inform@wyntourgarden.com. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jan 4 – 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)

Jan 5 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Care and Planting of Bare Root Trees 1 pm, Presented by George Winter, Owner of Wyntour Gardens. These classes are taught by experts in their fields. They fill up fast, so please call or email to reserve your seat! 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256 – Email Us: inform@wyntourgarden.com. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jan 8 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops 11 am, Presented by Rico Montenegro, Certified Arborist and part of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.org. These fruit tree pruning classes are taught by experts in their fields. They fill up fast, so please call or email to reserve your seat! 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256 – Email Us: inform@wyntourgarden.com. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jan 8 – Davis: UC Davis Arboretum Walk with Warren: West-end Gardens 12 pm, Gazebo. Join Warren Roberts, the Superintendent Emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster for an always engaging noontime exploration of the UC Davis Arboretum’s west-end gardens. The event is free; limited free one hour parking is available along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55 where parking can be paid by meter or by purchase of an $8 daily pass. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.

Jan 9 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Plant Propagation Session 10 am – 12 noon. Plant Propagation 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 and potting up/propagating cuttings or seeds. Please call Jay & Terri Thesken at 221-0906 for further information. Shasta College Greenhouse, near the livestock barns. For more info: http://www.shastacnps.org

Jan 10 – Anderson: Anderson Valley Garden Club Monthly Meeting 12 – 1 pm. Anderson City Hall COmmunity Room. 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.

Jan 11 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Indoor Seed Starting for Your Spring Garden 10 – 12 noon. Dreaming of your spring garden while perusing seed catalogs on cold winter nights? January is an ideal time to get a head start on your spring garden. Join Turtle Bay’s Nursery Specialist Lynne Klocke and Horticulture Manager Lisa Endicott to learn about easy (and productive) home seed starting! Free for members, $3 for guests. Class held at Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office – 1135 Arboretum Drive (Next to Greenhouse in Nursery). For more info: www.turtlebay.org

Jan 11 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Rose Pruning Workshops 1 pm, Presented by Dean Davis, Master Rosarian/Shasta Rose Society. These pruning classes are taught by experts in their fields. They fill up fast, so please call or email to reserve your seat! 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256 – Email Us: inform@wyntourgarden.com. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jan 12 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops 11 am, Presented by Michael Tworek, CA Certified Nurseryman/Hummingbird Farmz Shingletown, CA. These fruit tree pruning classes are taught by experts in their fields. They fill up fast, so please call or email to reserve your seat! 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256 – Email Us: inform@wyntourgarden.com. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jan 13 – Paradise: Paradise Garden Club: General Monthly Meeting and Program – Public Welcome 12:30 pm, Terry Ashe Recreation Center, Paradise. General Membership Meeting follows program. Plant Sale, Benefit Drawing, Refreshments. For more info: www.paradisegardenclub.org

Jan 13 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Rose Pruning Workshops 1 pm, Presented by Dean Davis, Master Rosarian/Shasta Rose Society. These pruning classes are taught by experts in their fields. They fill up fast, so please call or email to reserve your seat! 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256 – Email Us: inform@wyntourgarden.com. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jan 13 – 14: Chico: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BOTANISTS 2014 SYMPOSIUM Northern California Plant Life: Botany for a Changing World On January 13-14, 2014, the Northern California Botanists will be presenting a two-day symposium to be held at the Bell Memorial Union at California State University, Chico. The symposium will include topics ranging from alpine ecology to Northern California botanical discoveries, and a third day of workshops to choose from. The symposium will also include an evening reception and banquet with keynote speaker David Ackerly of the University of California, Berkeley, addressing “Climate Change and Conservation”. The symposium is open to anyone: botanical enthusiasts, professionals and students. For more information or to register: www.norcalbotanists.org

Jan 15 – FULL MOON (Full Wolf Moon)

Jan 15 – Redding: Shasta Rose Society Monthly Meeting 7 – 8 pm. 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. City of Redding Corporation Yard, 2055 Viking Way, Building 4, Room 401, Redding, California. For more info: http://www.shastarosesociety.org/Shasta_Rose_Society/Home.html

Jan 16 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Monthly Meeting 7 – 9 pm. Chapter business followed by a presentation of a special topic. Shasta College Health Science & University Programs building, downtown Redding, 1400 Market Street, Community Room 8220 (Southwest corner of Market & Tehama Streets). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more info: http://www.shastacnps.org

Jan 18 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops 10 am and 1 pm, Presented by Michael Tworek, CA Certified Nurseryman/Hummingbird Farmz Shingletown, CA. These fruit tree pruning classes are taught by experts in their fields. They fill up fast, so please call or email to reserve your seat! 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256 – Email Us: inform@wyntourgarden.com. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jan 19 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Plant Propagation Session 10 am – 12 noon. Plant Propagation 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 and potting up/propagating cuttings or seeds. Please call Jay & Terri Thesken at 221-0906 for further information. Shasta College Greenhouse, near the livestock barns. For more info: http://www.shastacnps.org

Jan 20 – Cottonwood: Cottonwood Garden Club Monthly Meeting 10 am – 12 noon. The meetings are educational and social with a potluck following meetings. Different speakers teach a variety of topics from scarecrow making to attracting birds into your garden. Cottonwood Cummunity Center, 20595 Gas Point Road (behind the little league fields). Call 347-3852 for more information.

Jan 22 – Chico: Chico Horticultural Society Regular Monthly Meeting 9:30 am meet/coffee, 10 am program. Butte County Library – 1st Avenue, Chico. For more info: President, Carol J. at 345-4824 or email: chicohort@gmail.com.

Jan 24 – 26: 14th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center. For more information and to register, http://www.snowgoosefestival.org/

Jan 25 – 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 25 – Chico: Cultivating Community North Valley: Seed Saving Series Workshop #1 – Seeding Cool Season Crops 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. In the Heartseed Greenhouse at the GRUB Cooperative. 1525 Dayton Road Pre-Registration is required at cultivatingcommunitynv.org. Priority is given to Income-Eligible participants. Price for Income-Eligible participants: Free. Income-Ineligible participants may sign up for the waiting list: If there is space, we will contact you within one week of the event. Cost will be $10. Paid day of event at sign-in table. Class size is limited to 25. Address: GRUB Cooperative 1525 Dayton Rd Chico, California 95928

Jan 25 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens: Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops 10 am and 1 pm, Presented by Rico Montenegro, Certified Arborist and part of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.org. These fruit tree pruning classes are taught by experts in their fields. They fill up fast, so please call or email to reserve your seat! 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256 – Email Us: inform@wyntourgarden.com. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Follow Jewellgarden.com/In a North State Garden on Facebook – like us today!

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

Did you know I send out a weekly email with information about upcoming topics and gardening related events? If you would like to be added to the mailing list, send an email to Jennifer@jewellgarden.com.

In a North State Garden is a weekly Northstate Public Radio and web-based program celebrating the art, craft and science of home gardening in Northern California 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 mornings at 7:34 AM Pacific time and Sunday morning at 8:34 AM Pacific time.

Jennifer Jewell
In a North State Garden is a bi-weekly North State Public Radio and web-based program celebrating the art, craft and science of home gardening in Northern California and made possible in part by the Gateway Science Museum - Exploring the Natural History of the North State and on the campus of CSU, Chico. In a North State Garden is conceived, written, photographed and hosted by Jennifer Jewell - all rights reserved jewellgarden.com. In a North State Garden airs on Northstate Public Radio Saturday morning at 7:34 AM Pacific time and Sunday morning at 8:34 AM Pacific time, two times a month.
Comment Policy: We welcome your comments, with some caveats: Please keep your comments positive and civilized. If your comment is critical, please make it constructive. If your comment is rude, we will delete it. If you are constantly negative or a general pest, troll, or hater, we will ban you from the site forever. The definition of terms is left solely up to us. Comments are disabled on articles older than 90 days. Thank you. Carry on.