“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.” Elizabeth Murray
When & Where: Tuesday, September 17 – Berger Center
Time: Tea and Social at 9:30 followed by speaker from 10:00 to 11:15 am
Guest Speaker/Topic: Cindy Stewart, Manager, King’s Garden Nursery. Cindy will be speaking about bulbs and will be demonstrating how to plant bulbs in pots for an outstandingly beautiful Spring display. King’s is a friendly family-owned nursery doing business for many years in the historic McDonald’s district and is voted “Best Nursery” in the Press Democrat poll year after year. Many of us know and love the nursery for its genteel, yet folksy vibe – the very same juxtaposition one could say about Santa Rosa! Those of us that visit there regularly love to stroll the grounds for inspiration and smile at the hip artworks. The garden is filled with beautiful potted arrangements prepared by the King’s garden ‘artists’. If you haven’t visited King’s you’re missing out! We are very enthusiastic about our first speaker of the season! Cindy’s presentation is timely in that the best time to buy bulbs for fall planting is as they come on the market.
We often get some of our hottest weather this month; this, following the warm summer months, makes us lethargic and not inclined to venture out for serious gardening. It’s time, however, to get thinking about Fall and all the tasks to come. September marks the beginning of fall planting season – the ideal time to get plants into the ground. This is especially true for trees, shrubs and California natives. This is also the perfect time to start the changes to your landscape that you’ve been kicking around the past few months.
YOUR GARDEN THIS MONTH
· Give cool season annuals a strong start by planting after midmonth if the weather is cooler, and at the end of the month if the weather is warm. Add fall color to your garden with fall-blooming perennials.
· Check the Sonoma County Master Gardener website for the cool-season vegetable planting guide (more later).
· If you are starting a landscape renovation this fall and have lawn to remove, consider Sheet Composting. This is one of the best natural ways to kill grass: Mow or weed-wack the area, water thoroughly, allow to dry overnight, then cover with cardboard or several layers of newspaper. Water again to moisten and top with a thick layer of compost and several inches of bark mulch. Over time, the paper layer will smother and kill the grass, while the mulch and compost will help break down the paper, adding nutrients to the soil. The bed will be ready to accept your new plants come Spring.
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
Be our guest this month – come see what we are about. We are a fun group and are looking to expand our membership. For club information contact Janet Schade, 539-2099, firstname.lastname@example.org.