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UC Marin Master Gardeners at the Marin County Fair 2022

Together in our Earth-Friendly Garden!

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JUNE 30 to JULY 4, 2022
11 am to 7 pm
Look for us in the big yellow and white tent in the Barnyard

JULY 5 PLANT SALE:
9 am to 11 am
Swing by and snag some great deals the morning after the fair.
Cash or checks only, please!
Check out all the great plants we will have on sale!
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The UC Marin Master Gardeners are thrilled to be back at the fair! 
Learn how to create an Earth-friendly, healthy garden with contented birds, bees, butterflies, and hummers.


Demonstration garden, education, and inspiration

Come visit us at the Fair to learn about:

How to grow a healthy, Earth-friendly garden that looks great, uses sustainable techniques, and benefits the broader environment
California natives and other low-water plants that welcome pollinators and other beneficial insects
How to remove a lawn and walkable alternatives to plant there instead
Fire-smart strategies
Grow a vegetable garden brimming with fresh produce
Excellent line-up of speakers covering a broad range of topics: habitat gardening, managing rats, inviting beneficial insects, irrigation, fire-smart strategies, container gardening, native plants, composting, and succulents


FREE SEMINARS
Listen and learn from our expert speakers!

FRIDAY JULY 1

11:30 am: FIRE-SMART LANDSCAPING STRATEGIES
Speaker: UCCE Marin Fire-Smart Landscape Science Coordinator Sophia Porter

Overwhelmed by the recent fire events? Want to make your property more resilient to fire? Learn the latest science-based techniques for planning and maintaining your landscape for maximum defense when wildfire threatens.

1:30 pm: GROWING EDIBLES IN CONTAINERS
Speaker: UC Marin Master Gardener Raoul Stepakoff
Want to grow some of your own food but don’t have the garden space? Grow edibles in containers instead! Come learn which plants do best, what containers work, and the soil, water and care they need to provide a bounty of fresh, delicious herbs, fruits and vegetables. Raoul will demonstrate how to plant a small edible garden. Yes, you CAN build your own patio produce market!

 

SATURDAY JULY 2

11:30 am: VERMICOMPOSTING or Composting with Worms ?
Speaker: UC Marin Master Gardener Joan Irwin
Want to compost yard litter and food scraps but don’t have the space (or inclination) for a large compost set up? Vermicomposting (worm composting) is a great solution! It's easy, Earth-friendly, and it provides nutritious plant food. Learn how to make a worm bin from recycled materials, how to manage a bin you've purchased, what can and shouldn’t go into a bin, and what conditions worms need to be happy and productive.

1:30 pm: INTRODUCTION TO CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS
Speaker: UC Marin Master Gardener Karen Holleran
Join the growing movement to bring California’s iconic landscape into your garden. Learn what California native plants are, the beauty and benefits of growing them, which to grow and how to care for them, and why they are a popular, Earth-friendly choice.

 

SUNDAY JULY 3

11:30 am: CREATING A SUCCULENT GARDEN
Speaker: UC Marin Master Gardener Gary Bartl
Learn how to design, install, and care for a succulent garden. Discover the soil, irrigation, and sun/shade exposure they need to grow and thrive. Succulents come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and hail from all over the world. Adding these low-water beauties to your garden creates instant texture and interest.

1:30 pm: GROWING CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS IN CONTAINERS 
Speaker: UC Marin Master Gardener Bonnie Marks
Even with limited garden space, you can enjoy the presence of birds, butterflies, and other pollinators while adding beauty and interest to your patio or deck. Learn the many benefits of California native plants, which containers and potting mixes are best, and how to care for them.

 

MONDAY JULY 4

11:30 am:  RATS? KEEPING THEM OUT!
Speaker: Environmental Educator and Our Water Our World Program Coordinator Suzanne Bontempo

Rats (and mice) are a huge and extremely common pest problem. Discover practical, safe, effective ways to keep rodents out of your house, car, and garden. Learn to successfully use many of the tools that are on the market today.

1:30 pm: BRING IN THE BENEFICIALS -- Insects, that is!
Speaker: Environmental Educator and Our Water Our World Program Coordinator Suzanne Bontempo
Encouraging beneficial insects is one of the best ways to effectively reduce the number of pests in your garden. Learn how to spot the common beneficial insects in your garden and how to attract them and keep them happy. This is fun for the whole family!