Timing is everything isn’t it? It’s as true in baseball as it is in politics as it is in the garden. Good timing, and an intuitive understanding of timing, makes everything you do or are preparing to do, come along more easily.
What is timing exactly? According to Merriam Websters it is “The ability to select the precise moment for doing something for optimum effect”. In the garden, and perhaps in baseball and politics, this ability is one part careful observation and awareness of the cues of the world around you; one part intuition born of a long history of such careful observation and awareness, and one part chance.
In the garden, timing often comes down to light and warmth. The earth circles, the light recedes, the warmth eases, plant leaves shut down production losing their greens and flaunting now their reds and yellows and browns. It is time again for late fall and winter. I say: Welcome. You’ve come just in time.
The November calendar of north state gardening events is full of timely offerings. 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!
Nov 1 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Field Trip: Drakesbad to Devils Kitchen, Lassen Volcanic National Park Meet in time to leave at 8:30 am. Bring a Park Pass if you have one. We’ll drive east on Hwy 32 to Chester and then 16 miles on local roads to the trailhead at Warner Valley Campground near the Drakesbad Resort in Lassen Park. Beginning at 5640 feet, this moderately difficult hike gains 400 feet over 4.2 miles round trip. The trails wanders through flowered meadows along Hot Spring Creek and continues under the shade of old-growth conifers. Devils Kitchen features paths for fiewing belching fumeroles, muds pots and steam vents among colorful rock outcrops. Leader: Gerry, 530-893-5123. For more information see website at mountlassen.cnps.org
Nov 1 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Landscape Photography in the Botanical Gardens 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Bring your camera and join award-winning photographer Harvey Spector to capture the beauty of flowers, the vibrant hues of fall, outdoor art pieces and the unexpected wildlife found in our 25-acre botanical gardens. Digital or film shutterbugs of all ages and skill levels will receive individualized instruction in this photography skills class. Participants provide their own camera. Meet at Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office – 1135 Arboretum Drive (Next to Greenhouse in Nursery). More info: http://www.turtlebay.org
Nov 1 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Nursery Winterize Your Ponds and Water Gardens 11 am. Join Sherrie and learn how to best put your water gardens to bed for the winter. 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nov 1 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Charlie Rabbit and Friends 10:30 am. Presented by Dennis and Sherrill Bambauer An interactive program in the Gardens (or Greenhouse, in rain) for children, their siblings, parents and grandparents. Wear your favorite gardening clothes! Visit www.turtlebay.org/nursery for more information Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Nursery – 1100 Arboretum Drive (Take N. Market Street, turn on Arboretum Drive. Take right fork in the road and park in parking lot on the left.) Enter Nursery through gate in parking lot. More info: http://www.turtlebay.org
Nov 2 – Daylight Savings – Clocks Fall Back one hour.
Nov 2 – Davis:UC Davis Arboretum Native American Uses of California Plants 2 p.m., UC Davis Welcome Center. Enjoy an engaging, family-friendly tour of the Native American Contemplative Garden and discover traditional uses for a variety of California plants. Click here for a map of the location. The event is free; free parking is available in nearby Gateway District Parking Lot. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
Nov 5 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society General Member Meeting and Program: Dr. Dylan Burge, new appointee to the John Thomas Howell Chair of California and Western Botany at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, will present “Coniferous Riches of Northern California” 7:30 pm, Chico Library. For more information see website at mountlassen.cnps.org
Nov 6 – FULL MOON (Full Beaver Moon)
Nov 8 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Field Trip: Cloverdale Loop Trail. Four-mile loop trail with some steep spots on BLM property west of Redding. Beautiful area with rolling oak woodlands and great views looking down the steep Clear Creek canyon. Little will be in bloom, but walk leader David Ledger will point out key features to look for when identifying deciduous trees in fall and winter. Meet at the Horsetown- Clear Creek parking lot at 9 AM. No dogs, please. For more information, call David at 355-8542. For more Info: http://www.shastacnps.org
Nov 8 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society SPECIAL EVENT: Farm City Harvest Celebration Native Plant Sale 10 am-2 pm Bidwell Mansion State Park. We’ll be part of the festivities at the Farm City Celebration Harvest Festival. Some of the available plants for sale include California skullcap, goldenrod, wild strawberry, milkweed, chaparral clematis, white sage, blue-eyed grass and rabbitbrush. For more information see website at mountlassen.cnps.org
Nov 8 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Nursery – Dormant Spray Class 11 am. Holly will share her dormant spray knowledge in this informative class. Learn how to have healthier trees in spring with dormant spraying now. 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nov 8 – Chico: Friends of the Chico State Herbarium Annual Open House, Photo Contest and Keynote Speaker 3 – 6 pm. CSU Chico Holt Hall Room 129. And a presentation from the 2014 Jim Jokerst Field Botany Award winner: Badri Ghimire “Trophic Relationships Among Deer, Manzanita and Manzanita Leaf-gall Aphids in the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Chico, California” And a presentation from the 2014 Jim Jokerst Field Botany Award winner: Badri Ghimire
“Trophic Relationships Among Deer, Manzanita and Manzanita Leaf-gall Aphids in the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Chico, California” Special Guest Lecture: 5:00 pm in Holt Hall Room 170
by Michael Kauffmann “Exploring the Conifer Diversity of the Klamath Mountains and Beyond” Join Michael for an arm-chair journey into the Klamath Mountains and beyond, where we will explore ancient plants that survive in the West’s most exhilarating landscapes.
For details about the talk please visit our web site at www.csuchico.edu/biol/Herb/Friends.html
Nov 10 – Paradise: Paradise Garden Club Monthly Meeting and Educational Program Where: Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway, Paradise. When: 11:45 PM Program: Begins 1:00 PM. Speaker and topic: TBD. Check back here or see our newsletter, The Watercan Post, for up-to-date info. Bring a favorite dish to share along with your own table service. General Membership Meeting follows program. For more info: http://www.paradisegardenclub.org
Nov 15 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Nursery – Wire Basket Class 11 am. Join Ellen for a fun morning creating a beautiful planted wire basket using her unique lasagna method. 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nov 16 – Chico: Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Field Trip: (Old Experimental Tree Farm) Mendocino National Forest Resource and Conservation Center 10 am. 2741 Cramer Lane, Chico; meet at main gate. The center was established in 1904 as a place to test plants for their use in agriculture, industry and medicine. Some of the original plantings include pistachio, kiwi, tung, and Shantung maple. We’ll walk along an easy, paved path. Call leader Wes for more information: 530-342-2293. For more information see website at mountlassen.cnps.org
Nov 16 – Davis:UC Davis Arboretum Go Green Drop-in Day 1-3 p.m., Trellis in the California Native Plant GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center). Want to be more sustainable? Have fun learning about conserving resources through hands-on activities. All-ages are welcome. Walking or biking to the event is encouraged. Please note that the Davis Commons Shopping Center parking lot is limited to two-hour parking. Other parking is available in nearby public parking lots. Click here for a map of the location. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.
Nov 18 – Chico: Chico Seed Lending Library: Lettuce Get Together Monthly work group 5 – 7 pm. We’re excited to invite you to our next two ‘Lettuce Get Together’ seed packing parties. We’ve lined up some seedy discussion sessions as we pack seeds for members to borrow. We will meet in the main part of the library right next to the seed library [Chico Branch, Butte County Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. Chico].or our ‘Lettuce Get Together’ we will focus on Planting Peas. All the different varieties of peas and winter legumes you can plant this time of year and the best methods to growing them for both eating and seed saving. Please note that this date is not on the second Tuesday of the month as we normally meet -the library is closed for Veterans Day on the 11th. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/ChicoSLL
Nov 19 – Redding: Shasta Rose Society Monthly Meeting and Program 7 pm. City of Redding Corporation Yard, 20055 Viking Way, Bldg 4 Room 401. Meeting and Educational Program. For more information: http://www.shastarosesociety.org/Shasta_Rose_Society/Home.html
Nov 20 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Monthly Meeting and Program One of the biggest disappointments to a field botanist is to key out that lovely gem encountered along a country road and discover it is a noxious weed. Adam Davy, with the Shasta County Department of Agriculture, will talk about the dark side of our flora. We’ll learn about the Shasta County weed eradication program and some of the local noxious weeds. Typical of most presentations, there will be some pretty pictures of plants—some weeds are horticultural plants gone bad. 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: www.shastacnps.org
Nov 22 – Redding: Wyntour Gardens Nursery – Holiday Centerpiece Workshop 11 am. Wendy will help you create a living centerpiece to enjoy throughout the holidays or give as a hostess gift. 8026 Airport Road – Redding, CA. 96002 – 530-365-2256. Hours of Operation: Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nov 23 – Redding: Shasta Chapter CNPS Plant Propagation Session Two-hour work session starting at 10 AM at the Shasta College farm greenhouses. The greenhouses are located at the back of Shasta College, near the livestock barns. We will be making seed trays and propagating cuttings. Any propagative material or California native plants that you may want to donate are always appreciated! Please call Jay & Terri Thesken at 221-0906 for further information. For more info: www.shastacnps.org
Nov 25 – Chico: Butte Rose Society Monthly Meeting and Program 7 pm. Chico Veterans Memorial Hall at 554 Rio Lindo Avenue in Chico, California. For more information: http://www.butte-rosesociety.org
Nov 27 – Thanksgiving Day
Nov 29 – Redding: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay: Walk with Horticulture Manager Lisa Endicott 10:30 am. Bring your notebooks and cameras for this participant-driven program. We’ll make our way through the Gardens with frequent stops for discussions about (what else?) plants! Visit www.turtlebay.org/nursery for more information Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Nursery – 1100 Arboretum Drive (Take N. Market Street, turn on Arboretum Drive. Take right fork in the road and park in parking lot on the left.) Enter Nursery through gate in parking lot. More info: http://www.turtlebay.org
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