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Zoom on in to gardening workshops

Placer master gardeners offer online learning opportunities

flannel bush, a California native
California flannel bush ( Fremontodendron californicum ) is a showy native
California shrub. Learn about native plants in a Placer County Zoom workshop Oct. 10. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Adaptation is an important part of nature. So is learning about nature – and gardening.

During these weird and socially distanced times, the UC Master Gardeners of Placer County have adapted some of their most popular workshops to online formats. The good news: Any gardener can participate anywhere with a good Internet connection.

So, Zoom on in on garden learning the next two Saturdays. Each workshop starts at 10:30 a.m.; participation is free.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, discover some new favorite California natives and how to keep them growing strong during “Gardening with Native Plants.” Learn how to add native plants to your landscape – and why that’s a good idea.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 825 2462 1699

Passcode: garden
Workshop handout: Gardening with Native Plants Resources ( )

Elevate your gardening and get great results. On Saturday, Oct, 17, the master gardeners will teach how to make raised beds. This workshop will focus on how to get started, design options, soil, drainage and other factors that go into creating raised beds.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 831 4859 2126

Passcode: garden

For more details:

- Debbie Arrington


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