Master Gardeners of Yolo County introduce new gardening series

Community members can learn what to plant in a winter garden. (Express File Photo)

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By Denise Cottrell, Master Gardener of Yolo County
Special to the Express

No matter how experienced you are as a gardener, The Master Gardeners of Yolo County are available to provide University of California research-based information and assistance to home gardeners through free publications, classes, plant sales, and more. Listed below are events scheduled for the month of August. 

Action in the Garden: August Kitchen Garden Chat will be held at the Leake Room at the Woodland Library (250 First St., Woodland) and via Zoom ( on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Master Gardener, Treva Valentine, will lead the talk which will focus on the tasks to undertake in August to enable a year round edible garden. One necessary task is getting your winter garden started. Attend this monthly talk to find out why August is the time to start. 

The Yolo County Master Gardeners in conjunction with Yolo County Library present “Thursday Afternoon Gardening Talks” on Zoom every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 3–4 p.m. (except in the month of December) The workshops are free. If you wish to attend, send an email to Joan Tuss, at the Yolo County Library, or Jennifer Baumbach, at UCCE Master Gardeners Yolo, You will receive the link and will also be put on a mailing list for Master Gardener’s monthly events.

This month’s programs will focus on California native plants, how to incorporate them into an existing drought tolerant garden, and how to select and care for native plants to keep them looking their best.

The first program, “Integrating California Native Plants into Your Garden,” will be held on Aug. 11 from 3–4 p.m. Presented by Master Gardener Sue Fitz, the talk will provide the information you need to add California native plants into your drought tolerant garden. In addition, this workshop will provide information on which California native plants are good companions to other drought tolerant plants from different regions and climates. 

The second program of this monthly series, “Selecting California Native Plants for Your Garden,” will be on Aug. 25 from 3–4 p.m. For this talk, Sue Fitz will continue the discussion about California native plants with the focus on how to keep your native plants looking vibrant from the spring through the summer growing season. The workshop will provide tips on careful plant selection to help you keep your garden in blooming color.

No matter what time of year, you can increase your gardening skills with the Yolo County Master Gardeners Learn more about the UCCE Master Gardeners of Yolo Co. at For further information about events or for information about a specific garden issue please call or email the Master Gardener hotline at 530-666-8736 or and leave a message, someone will get back to you.

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