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Ann Wright: Upcoming Master Gardeners workshops feature landscape drawing, veggies and more

The Monarch Butterfly is the topic of a Feb. 13 workshop offered by Nevada County Master Gardeners.
Submitted by Kathy Keatley Garvey/UC Davis Agriculture Repository |

From butterflies and milkweed to landscape drawing and vegetables, the Nevada County Master Gardeners are covering these and other subjects at upcoming workshops.

To kick off the workshop season, “Monarchs and Milkweed — Indivisible,” will be offered Feb. 13, followed by “Landscape Planning on Paper” Feb. 20.

The popular series on vegetable gardening in the Foothills starts Feb. 27 with “The Joy of Vegetable Gardening — Especially for Beginners.”



All of these workshops are fee and run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 109 S. School St. (Look for the Master Gardeners signs directing participants to the lower level.)

Here are more details on the workshops:




Monarchs and Milkweed – Indivisible (Feb. 13) At this enticing workshop, participants will learn:

What’s happening to the monarch butterfly population?

Why milkweed is important to the survival of the monarch;

Which milkweed plants are best suited to our foothill climate;

How to identify monarchs at different stages of development; and

How to attract monarchs and other pollinators to the garden.

Landscape Planning on Paper (Feb. 20) Insight into planning and designing the garden will be offered at this unique workshop. Paper, pencils and stencils will be provided; topics include:

Analyzing the garden site;

An introduction to the use of drawing equipment and tools for drafting garden plans;

Pointers for design concepts;

One-on-one assistance in drawing a plan participants can take home.

Foothill Vegetable Gardening Series: The Joy of Vegetable Gardening – Especially for Beginners (Feb. 27) This is the first of a series of workshops which focuses on vegetable gardening in the Foothills. This presentation will be suited to gardeners of all levels, and especially for new gardeners or those new to the area.

Wondering what to grow? Grow what you like to eat.

Planning, the most important step.

Find out what basic tools are needed for vegetable gardening.

Learn about building the soil, amendments and use of fertilizers.

Discuss planting, harvesting and irrigation techniques.

Bring your questions.

For more information about workshops or other Master Gardener events, visit http://ncmg.ucanr.org or call our Hotline at 530-273-0919. A Master Gardener is on duty at the “Hotline” office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.


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