HABITAT GARDENING Sunday April 28th, 9am to 12pm, @ Fairfax Backyard Farmer
Do you want to create a miniature ecological system in your backyard? Ecologically-minded landscapes do not have to be limited to a small selection of Mediterranean or native plants, used to conserve water. With healthy soil, the right irrigation and the best plant combinations, you can create a lush and beautiful garden. Not only will your garden be beautiful, it will also be drought tolerant and full of life, providing important habitat for pollinators, insects and birds.
Learn how to build life in the soil and choose plants that will support a diversity of Pollinators in your garden. We will be building mini-ecosystems in planters and plants provided in the workshop. A brief presentation before the class will cover the basic principles of ecological garden design for Habitat Gardens. Andrea Hurd, Lead Designer for Mariposa Gardening & Design will provide instruction and information on how you can build beautiful pollinator habitat gardens at home. Whether you have a huge back yard, or a small front porch, you will learn how to create an outdoor habitat container planting that will attract butterflies and birds to your garden.
Andrea Hurd Mariposa Gardening + Design
Growing up in rural Oregon, Andrea’s family lived on an acre of land that supported fruit trees, berries, a large vegetable garden, and many flowers, especially roses. Andrea spent her Saturday mornings in the garden with her mom, learning how to care for it all. In the early 90s, in college, Andrea earned her Permaculture Design Certification. Andrea has used Permaculture as the guiding design principle for all of the gardens she has worked on and designed. As a member of The Stone Foundation, an international stonemason’s trade association, Andrea has gained training in the art of dry stacked stone building in England, Scotland, Mallorca, and Cambodia. Andrea’s garden designs feature her artistic eye, as well as her love for well-built dry-stacked stonework
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SPRING - EDIBLE GARDENS The Spring garden made easy Sunday May 5, 9am to 12pm, @ Fairfax Backyard Farmer
Spring garden made easy - Learn how to start your Spring Vegetable garden with master gardener, Avis Licht. In this class we will learn how to pick the best site, what to grow for the season, how to sow seeds and plant out seedlings. You will go home with seeds in pots that you sow yourself, seedlings and Avis' booklet on getting started with gardening knowledge both fun and easy. We will plant out a raised bed at the Backyard Farmer. You'll go home with your very own customized planting plan.
Avis Licht Edible Landscaping Made Easy
Avis Licht has a degree in from UC Berkeley in Agricultural Sciences, and apprenticed with the great horticulturist, Alan Chadwick, who brought bio-dynamic, French Intensive gardening to this country. She founded the Commonweal Garden in Bolinas 40 years ago andwas instrumental in the founding of the Indian Valley College Organic Farm and Garden. She has a gardening blog that covers all aspects of gardening and uses her own 1/2 acre garden in Woodacre for teaching.
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WATER BASINS FOR BEES & BIRDS Saturday May 18, 9am to 12pm, @ Fairfax Backyard Farmer
Craft your own Hypertufa water basin for your garden, and support your local Bees and Birds! Hypertufa is a method European method used by alpine gardeners in the 30's, where concrete mortar, sand and coir fiber are cast to create a stone-like structure with the look and feel of ancient sculpted rock. Hypertufas work to convert any backyard into an oasis for birds and pollinators in your area -- and for beekeepers, this water basin will supply the gallon/day requirement colonies consume during the dry California summer and fall months!
This hypertufa mixture is an affordable medium for crafting garden decorations, pots and sculptures that are natural-looking and lightweight. Whether you design a smooth, modern bowl or a rustic, free-form shape, your basin will be a uniquely designed piece of art to be enjoyed by people, birds and birds alike!
Joe Triglia Tufarock Design
My name is Joe Triglia. I am an artist, designer, avid gardener and small business owner residing in West Sacramento California. I started working with different blends of concrete to develop unique vessels for my growing collection of succulents & cacti. My handcrafted pottery and succulent arrangements really resonated with folks so I began sharing them with the public at craft festivals and farmers markets. You can now find them at Nurseries, Florists, Grocery Stores and other locations throughout the Sacramento area.
***NOTE: All materials, molds and sculpting tools provided. Wear worn, comfortable clothing.
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