Moving into fall — Master Gardeners of Yolo County September events

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

The high temperatures of the past few weeks just might make a gardener think that summer will never end. Yet, in our gardens, the plants are changing as they feel the pull of fall. If you ever wonder how to manage your ever-changing garden, do not hesitate to contact The Master Gardeners of Yolo County.

The Master Gardeners of Yolo County provide University of California research-based information and assistance to home gardeners through free publications, classes, plant sales, and more. Monthly events address seasonal garden issues and provide topic specific information. Monthly events are listed on the Yolo County Master Gardeners’ website ( under the banner, Public Education-Events. Listed below are the events scheduled for the month of September. All events are open to the public at no cost.

A new series of classes led by Master Gardener Jim Schulte will be offered at the Woodland Community and Senior Center (2001 East St., Woodland) on the first Friday of every month from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The first class, “Floral Design” will be offered on Sept. 2. Don’t forget to bring your own vase.

“Anticipating Season Change in the Garden”: September Kitchen Garden Chat” will be held in the Leake Room at the Woodland Library (250 First St., Woodland) and via Zoom ( on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Master Gardener, Treva Valentine, will lead the talk which will focus on what to plant for the fall edible garden. Before you make the switch to your cooler vegetable plants, attend this talk to learn how to save seeds from your current vegetables and just what you type of care your fruit trees require in the fall.

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 p.m. to 4 p.m. (except in the month of December). The workshops are organized by Master Gardener Mike Kluk in conjunction with Librarian Joan Truss. 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 to receive a notice of Master Gardener’s monthly events.

The first program, “Poisonous Plants and Keeping Pets Safe in the Garden,” will be held on Sept. 8 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Master Gardeners Treva Valentine and Joy Sakai will discuss common garden plants that are poisonous, and the steps you should take to keep yourself, your family, friends, and your pets safe.

The second program of this monthly series, “Greywater and Other Water Saving Techniques,” will be held on Sept. 22 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Leslie Crennae, an Ecoassistant and Designer, in Woodland, Calif., will describe the installation and benefits of greywater systems, water barrels, rain gardens and other water saving techniques in the garden.

On Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Master Gardener Treva Valentine will present “Pet and Plant Safe Gardening” in the Winters Community Library Teaching Garden (708 Railroad Ave., Winters). The talk will cover two topics, keeping pets safe in the garden and keeping your garden safe from pets. The ability to have all family members, including the four-footed kind, enjoy the garden requires understanding of the harmful elements you can encounter in your garden. Learn how to identify toxic plants, mulch, herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. Enjoying your garden with your pet also requires the ability to keep your pets from harming your beautiful plants. In her talk, Treva will discuss strategies for keeping your garden safe from pets.

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

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