Home & Garden Digest – Sentinel of Santa Cruz


The Bonsai Club is organizing a sale

The Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai Club is hosting an outdoor bonsai sale and display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Live Oak Grange Hall, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz.

Club members sell bonsai trees, pre-bonsai materials, and other bonsai-related items. The event includes a small exhibition of some bonsai trees. Accepted payment methods are cash, check, Venmo, and credit card. There is a 3% service charge for digital payments. For everyone’s safety, masks are mandatory and social distancing of 6 feet is enforced. If you’re planning on buying a lot, you should consider bringing a small cart. Limited parking will be available in front of the barn. Otherwise, street parking is available on 17th Avenue.

The Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai is a local community club. He is dedicated to promoting and teaching bonsai as an art form. The Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai regularly hosts virtual and in-person meetings that are free and open to everyone. For more information, visit santacruzbonsaikai.com or email lynnmcurtin@gmail.com.


Sierra Azul organizes a pruning workshop

Join Jeff Rosendale of Sierra Azul Nursery as he demonstrates his clever horticultural pruning method; tackle the job as a “factory barber” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2660 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville. He will demonstrate with a variety of plants and trees including salvia, manzanita, protea, and more. To register, call 831-728-2532 during business hours.


Master Gardeners is hosting an online plant sale

UC’s Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties hold their annual Spring Plant Sale April 18-May 1. . The spring collection includes several types of basil and culinary varieties of popular cooking herbs for recipes and summer teas. Drought-tolerant and water-friendly plants, such as California natives and succulents, will also be available in our online store, as well as annual and perennial pollinating plants to add biodiversity and attract beneficial insects. in your garden. Place orders online and schedule a pickup appointment at the Salinas Greenhouse. All funds benefit the all-volunteer UC Master Gardener Program, which offers a gardening helpline, events, and seasonal classes designed to educate our local home gardening community with research-based sustainable landscape practices.

For more information on selling plants, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.


Succulent Society Hosts Spring Sale

The Monterey Bay Cactus and Succulent Society will hold its annual plant show and sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in April and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 24. There will be hundreds of varieties of cacti and succulents and vendors will be able to answer questions. Discover new unique and common succulents and cacti to add to your collection, or help you start a collection, or give you gift ideas. Bring a box to carry your purchases. Admission and parking are free, and many vendors and other succulent enthusiasts will be on hand to help you choose plants that suit your environment or needs. New plants are put in place all day. An entire section will be featured with members’ ‘show’ plants, and will be judged by experts in the program categories, for you to watch and learn more about. Visit mbsucculent.org for more information and to join the Society.


Santa Cruz Garden Exchange meets in April

Join local gardeners in giving and receiving free plants from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on April 23. All are encouraged to bring volunteers, seeds, bulbs, cuttings or anything else from your garden to donate. You don’t have to bring anything to receive. The exchange is located in the Live Oak Grange parking lot, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. For private exchanges anytime, join the Santa Cruz Garden Exchange Facebook group.


UC Master Gardeners organizes gardening courses

Join a Zoom class on container gardening from 5-6:30 p.m. on April 27. Home gardeners with small spaces, balconies, or large yards can enjoy growing plants in a variety of containers. UC master gardeners Sue Procter and Anastatia Foster will cover container types and sizes, potting soils and amendments, light and water needs, pruning, and integrated pest management techniques to sustain a container garden. flourishing. Whether you are growing food or ornamental plants, singular specimens, mass plantings or trees, this course will cover the keys to making your container plants thrive.

An accompanying class is in person from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 30 at UC Extension, 1430 Freedom Blvd., Suite E, Watsonville. Join Master Gardeners Anastatia Foster and Sue Procter in UC’s Master Gardener Demonstration Garden for lots of hands-on opportunities to “dig in” and learn by doing. This course will include lectures and experiential learning as participants alternate between different stations under the guidance of master gardeners to gain mastery of container gardening. You will lift and select pots, mix potting mixes, skillfully manipulate plant foliage and roots while planting them in a container, carefully arrange plants in a pot for show and/or growing function, and add touches high finals. dressing and watering. The course also covers the size, color and texture of plants in a container by planting and drilling your own drainage holes. To register, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu


Monterey Bay Rose Society puts on a show

The Monterey Bay Rose Society will host the 41st Annual Rose Show from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 30 at Aladdin Nursery, corner of Freedom and Corralitos Road. See and smell hundreds of beautiful roses, ask your questions to rose experts, join our company and buy roses. Enjoy the music, food, wine and vendors who share this fabulous spring launch! For more information about the show and the Rose Society, visit montereybayrosesociety.org

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar, including events, meetings, resources or anything garden related, email sentinelhomeandgarden@gmail.com.