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Celebrate Earth Day at Garden Faire in Roseville

Placer County master gardeners mark anniversary with workshops, speakers

The Placer County master gardeners' Garden Faire on Saturday will be a celebration of gardening, and of Earth Day.

The Placer County master gardeners' Garden Faire on Saturday will be a celebration of gardening, and of Earth Day. Photo courtesy Placer County master gardeners

Earth Day (April 22) marks a double celebration for the UC Master Gardeners of Placer County. Not only are they observing ways to save the planet, the master gardeners are always commemorating their 40th anniversary – and the public is invited.

On Saturday, the master gardeners will host their annual Garden Faire at Maidu Community Center in Roseville. Admission is free.

Special workshops and activities will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Say the organizers, “Gardeners of all ages will be captivated by the variety of local vendors, workshops and expert speakers who will be there to provide information on all aspects of gardening. There will be a Kids Korner with Earth Day crafts and fun activities for the little ones, on-site master gardeners to help you with your gardening questions, door prizes, garden art and plants for sale, and much more.”

Featured hands-on workshops include “Beyond The Honey Bee” (ways to help pollinators and other beneficial insects) and “Save Water With DIY Drip Conversions.”

Keynote speakers will be: Tora Rocha of Pollinator Posse, discussing “Attracting and Keeping Pollinators” at 10 a.m.; and Jody Sheffield of Delta Bluegrass Company, presenting “You Don’t Have To Divorce Your Lawn” at 12:30 p.m.

Maidu Community Center is located at 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville.



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