Category: In the Garden

Veggiepalooza

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It’s time for Veggiepalooza Plant Seedling Sale & Festival. This annual fundraiser to benefit the Fullerton Arboretum will have over 350 varieties of Tomatoes and Peppers, Beans, Cucumbers, Melons, Eggplants, Herbs, Companion Flowers, and MORE!

All seeds come from Non GMO seed sources. Proceeds from this annual sale benefit the Fullerton Arboretum. There is not a charge for visitors, however to help support the development of the Arboretum gardens and educational programs, voluntary donations at the main entrance are encouraged. Memberships will be available at the door.

Make sure to come and enjoy the Free gardening classes and cooking demonstrations!

  • Available to assist with finding the right plants and to answer all of your gardening questions

  • Free Garden How-To Consultation Booth. Bring in your questions and talk with the experts

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Click Here to View Veggiepalooza Layout Map

  • When: Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 N Associated Rd, Fullerton, CA 92831
  • Cost: Free 

Schedule of Events 

Saturday


9:00am

Monkey Business Cafe will provide delicious, fresh snacks and Lunches-To-Go available for purchase in the Pavilion.

 

Sunday


11:00am

Executive Chef, Jeff Coker, of Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles, “Tomatillo Salsa”: cooking demonstrations using Veggiepalooza varieties!

 


12:00pm

Arboretum Biologist, Jonathan Duffy Davis will demonstrate how to prepare your soil, fend off pests, and best irrigate your crop for the ultimate summer harvest in “Tomatoes and Peppers from Transplant to Table”.

 


12:00pm

Executive Chef, Jeff Coker, of Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles: “Italian Frittata.” Watch how the fruits of your harvest can be easily prepared in a delicious recipe.

 


1:00pm

UCCE Master Gardener, Geri Cibellis will present “Edibles in the Landscape and Organic Pest Control.” Learn about planning a garden with an emphasis on improving soil structure. Planting veggies and herbs in containers will also be discussed.

 


1:00pm

Nursery Manager, Brian Maddock, will teach “Building up your Soil: Growing Super Veggies”. He will be discussing the various ways we can increase the amount of nutrients available for growing large vegetables and fruits. By increasing soil macro and micro nutrients we can grow large veggies and fruit, as well as minimizing the amount of water used in the garden.

 


2:00pm

UCCE Master Gardener, Geri Cibellis will present “Organic Pest Control.” Let’s talk about insects in the garden and how to attract the pollinators for a bountiful harvest.

 


2:00pm

UCCE Master Gardener, Linda Genis will present “Herb Talk.” Fresh herbs add so much to a meal. Why not grow your own? Are they well-behaved or best kept contained? Are they annuals? Drought tolerant? With so many to choose from, learn which herbs will work best for your garden.

 

Images and Information from  Fullertonarboretum.org

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Get a FREE Butterfly Garden Kit

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Help the Monarch Butterfly and get a FREE Butterfly Garden Kit! Monarch butterflies need our help. Join the National Wildlife Federation and help plant monarch butterfly food so we can continue to enjoy these iconic butterflies. Pledge now to be a Butterfly Hero and plant a garden that provides food, water and places for monarchs to lay their eggs.

Become a Butterfly Hero!

PLEDGE TODAY! Upload a photo of you, making the American Sign Language sign for butterfly, as your pledge to help the Monarch butterfly. The sign for butterfly is made by linking your thumbs and crossing your two hands in front of you at the wrists with your palms facing you. After taking the pledge, you will receive a Butterfly Garden Starter Kit, while supplies last. Once you have your kit, learn how to garden and watch your wildlife garden bloom!

Win a trip for 4 to Walt Disney World by pledging by May 15, 2015!

Note: Only individuals and families are eligible to be entered in the sweepstakes. See official rules for Butterfly Heroes and Disney Sweepstakes

Kids Activities

As a Butterfly Hero, you and your child have many opportunities to enjoy nature together. Share your child’s delight as plants grow and butterflies, bees, and birds arrive in your garden. Look for the following to experience the wonder first hand. Ask your child:

  1. Which flowers are most popular? Check out whether certain kinds of butterflies seem to prefer visiting certain flowers.
  2. Do the butterflies’ colors blend in or stand out? Are they more camouflaged with their wings open or closed?
  3. Can you identify the butterflies you spot? Note their size and shape, the colors and patterns on their wings, and how they fly. Then use a field guide to search for their names. You could also go online to butterfliesandmoths.org for lots of helpful information.
  4. Can you get close enough to watch a butterfly’s long tongue unroll? Can you use a magnifying glass to see the tiny scales that cover its wings.
  5. Observe leaves for tiny eggs and check back to discover caterpillar growth. Milkweed leaves with bites taken out is a first clue for finding caterpillars!

Here are some more ideas for children to make the most of their butterfly garden habitat! 

Photo by Robin Anderson

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Play Safe

  • Avoid Insect Stings and Bites
    Note: Remind children to always wash their hands after working and playing in the garden and not to eat or taste plants outside of the vegetable garden.

Check out NWF’s Activity Finder for more activity ideas to help you connect with nature. Use our Activity Finder to get the most out of your time to play outdoors, watch wildlife, and discover the wonder of nature.

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Children’s Garden Workshop

OCGreat Park_garden4KidsThe third Sunday of every month is the Great Park’s FREE Children’s Garden Workshop Series. The monthly workshop is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.

A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and engaging STEAMM inspired topics are sure to delight and inspire young and old alike, so please join us.

  • Where: OC Great Park Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions 
  • When: Sunday, February 15, 2015
  • Time: Workshops are offered every half hour from 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Cost: Free*

 The workshop is 20 minutes of a sit down interactive presentation followed by a craft and planting activity, all ages welcome.

*Gently used book donations to the little free library are encouraged.
Ages 3-9

This program is produced  and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program and Irvine Youth Action Team.

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Spring Garden Workshop

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The Great Park will host  a Spring Garden Workshop on Seed Starting, Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Sowing seeds is exciting, gratifying and less expensive than buying starts. Plants started indoors flower sooner, extending your growing season.

Learn how to successfully grow plants from a seed with the UCCE Master Gardeners. All Participants will take home a 6 pack of their own and have a chance to win a seed starting kit! Master Composters will be available to answer questions as well.

  • When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: Edison House at the OC Great Park | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free
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Indoor Edible Gardening

The Ecology Center in Irvine Presents: Indoor Edible Gardening

Edible Indoor Gardening

Valuable nutrition can be obtained from growing food indoors. You can produce high yields of sprouts from a variety of heirloom seeds in a matter of days with minimum time and effort invested. You can extend the harvest season with a variety of vegetables and herbs grown in efficient container mediums. And most sustainably, you can watch your food magically regrow itself by upcycling your food scraps.

Indoor edible gardening allows you to control what goes into growing your food. By growing your own food you contribute to the reduction of the waste and pollution associated with the industrial agriculture mass production and distribution practices.

Learn how to choose the right heirloom (non-gmo) seed and vegetable varieties and gain hands on instructions on the materials and tools to use for maximum yield from your indoor edible garden. You will get to take home a variety of seeds to sprout! (Please bring a wide-mouthed jar to get your sprouting ready!).

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Confessions of a Gardener

Confessions of a Gardener

 Are your ready to hear some confessions of a gardener at Roger’s Gardens?

Each month, people gather in the Disneyland gazebo for a relaxed and intimate roundtable style discussion about seasonal garden topics. They even provide the coffee and muffins and you provide the topics.

Bring a friend or two and stay for a few minutes or an entire hour while everyone learns from one another sharing our garden successes and failures. There is no agenda, but we might have a few topics in mind to get the conversation flowing. What’s growing, what’s dying, great new plants, watering issues, maintenance nightmares, bugs and butterflies, exciting vegetables, flowers or shrubs – it’s all fair game. Let’s learn from each other, create new friendships and share some gardening wisdom.

  • When: Sunday January 25, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: Roger’s Gardens
  • Cost: Free
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Children’s Garden Workshop

OCGreat Park_garden4KidsThis Sunday is the Great Park’s FREE Children’s Garden Workshop Series. The monthly workshop is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.

A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and engaging STEAMM inspired topics are sure to delight and inspire young and old alike, so please join us.

  • Where: OC Great Park Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions 
  • When: Sunday, January 18, 2015
  • Time: Workshops are offered every half hour from 11:00am – 1:00pm.
  • Cost: Free 

 The workshop is 20 minutes of a sit down interactive presentation followed by a craft and planting activity, all ages welcome.

This program is produced  and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program and Irvine Youth Action Team.

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Story Time in the Garden

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Story Time in the Garden is a fun-filled, enchanting hour of food related stories, songs, games, and activities designed to help kids build strong language and literacy skills, and lifelong healthy eating habits.

 The garden setting stimulates curiosity and imagination, and enables participants to make personal connections with the stories by seeing firsthand how fruits and vegetables are grown.

The Great Park’s Story Time In The Garden is set for Sunday, December 7, 2014  from 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

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Roger’s Gardens is Hauntingly Beautiful

If you haven’t decorated for Halloween yet there’s still time to get some Hauntingly Beautiful inspiration at Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar.

wpid-2014-10-20_10.33.42.jpgLet me start by saying if you love gardens, you MUST visit Roger’s gardens. This place is unlike any garden center I’ve ever visited, it’s absolutely beautiful. The grounds are pristine, even the patio furniture area looks as if they serve sunday brunch there (it’s actually a shame they don’t). When you walk into the garden, there’s a train village that has been created around a tree. My girls loved it. Everything is lovely.

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Now back to the original subject, the Halloween Boutique holds surprises in each turn and corner. It made me want to come home and spook up everything in my house. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here it goes.

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There are so many great and inspiring ideas, some make you think “I can do that”‘ but then when you really start looking around you notice that are some exquisite one of kind items. This boutique features work of some amazing artists like:  Eric Cortina, Scott Smith, Joyce Stahl, William Bezek, Tina Haller, Bethany Lowe, Vergie Lightfoot and Nicol Sayer. I took some pictures but my phone simply doesn’t capture how beautiful these pieces are. These are some of the pictures from Roger’s Gardens blog.

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A beautiful hand stitched witch by  Joyce Stahl.

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This ghoulish creature is by Scott Smith. 

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I loved these terrorfied candlesticks by William Bezek

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These antique looking paper mache dolls were my favorite by Nicole Sayer. 

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My little one enjoyed this guy, she said it was “Creepy” by Bethany Lowe

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A porcelain jeweled skull by Eric Cortina

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I sooo want one of these handpainted one of kind Pumpkins in my home by Vergie Lightfoot

Every room features something so completely different than the last. The setting is hauntingly beautiful, don’t miss it!

Halloween Boutique Date/Time

  • Open daily thru October 28, 2014
  • 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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Images from roger’sgarden.com/blog

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My Edible Garden with Steve Hampson at Rogers Garden

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If you’ve never visited Roger’s Garden’s, maybe this will tempt you. This Sunday, October 12, 2014, well-known horticulturist, Steve Hampson, will discuss everything edible, including vegetables, herbs, fruits, berries, grapes and more. October is the time to start planting cool-season vegetables.

The emphasis this month will be on planting these crops, growing plants from seed versus starting from transplants, and planting potatoes. Bring your questions, as audience participation is encouraged.

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