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Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
Inspired by Chuck Ingels

11549 Fair Oaks Boulevard (Map/Directions)
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
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Sacramento County Master Gardeners at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center maintain water-efficient landscape demonstration gardens, fruit trees and bushes, a table grape vineyard, cane berries and blueberries, herbs, a vegetable garden, and a compost demonstration.  

Learn how to select, plant and care for edible and ornamental plants using University of California research-based, river-friendly practices.

We will show you how to grow the best vegetables and fruit, conserve water and energy, nurture plant health to reduce the need for synthetic chemicals, and discover University of California resources available to help you prevent and manage garden pests.

"Ask the Master Gardeners" Plant Clinics are held at all events. Bring your plant samples, pest mysteries and questions. We'll help!

Open Garden Days are the ideal time to walk through at your own pace. Bring your list of gardening questions and get one-on-one advice.

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Sorry, only service dogs are allowed in the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.

2019 Gardening Events at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center
Free! Located outside–rain or shine.

January 19
9 AM-Noon

Workshop - Master Gardeners will demonstrate winter pruning of deciduous fruit trees, blueberries, cane berries, grape vines and landscape trees * Discover how herbs enhance landscapes * Green thumbs can shine in small yards; learn how! * Bring your gardening questions to the Ask the Master Gardener table.

February 9
9 AM-Noon

Open Garden - At 10:00 AM, the Master Gardeners will host mini-talks: * Annual and perennial herb * Cane pruning grapes * Building a hot compost pile

Demonstrations throughout the morning: * Pruning fruit trees and ornamental grasses * Starting new berry plants by tip rooting cane berries and layering blueberries * Planning for late winter and early spring vegetables * Dividing and transplanting strawberry crowns

March 9
9 AM-Noon

Open Garden At 10 AM watch mini-demonstrations on * Cane and spur pruning of grapes for arbors * Making houses for Mason Bees * Herbal gifts from the garden * Woody ornamentals; tips for selection and planting

On-going: * Testing soil pH, soil amendments for vigorous berry plants and superior yields * Growing edibles in the Sacramento Valley * Disease management practices for vineyard health * Types of compost bins and tips for success * Winter pruning of deciduous fruit trees * Selecting plants using Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) criteria

April 10
9 AM-Noon

Midweek Open Garden - At 10 AM watch mini-demonstrations on: * Planning for pollinators * Using edible flowers; salad garnishes and flower butters * Growing vegetables in containers * Thinning grape vine shoots

On-going: * Deep blue and brilliant yellow blooms * Summer pruning of fruit trees * Herb maintenance * Successful varieties of cane berries for our region * Preparing for tomato planting * New grape bud growth * Types of compost bins and tips for success

JUST ADDED! Don't miss the Tool Sharpening Demos:
9 AM till 10 AM and
10:30 AM till Noon

May 11
9 AM-Noon

Open Garden - At 10 AM see a straw bale gardening demonstration in the Vegetable Garden.  At 10:30 AM watch a mini-demonstration on container gardening in the Water Efficient Landscape Garden

On-going: * Irrigation * Fruit tree planting ideas * Spring herb planting and grooming beds for summer growth * Keeping birds off of berries * Planning for warm season vegetable crops * Grape vine canopy management * Types of compost bins and tips for success

June 15
9 AM-Noon

Open Garden At 10:00 AM mini-demonstrations include:  * Growing sunflowers and succulents at the Water Efficient Landscape Garden * Walking tour on harvesting herbs, gathering seeds, drying herbs and more at the Herb Project Area * A non-chemical method for controlling soil born pests via soil solarization at the Vegetable Project Area.

On-going: * The many benefits of mulch * Fruit thinning and summer pruning * Blueberry tasting * Vegetable pest management based on the most recent research-based sustainable practices * Vineyard anopy management, shoot, leaf and cluster thinning and how to spray for powdery mildew * Turning, sifting, and building the compost pile for good, healthy compost.

August 3
8 AM-2 PM

HARVEST DAY 2019 -Tour the demonstration garden and be inspired * See examples of vertical, straw bale and container gardens plus alternatives to chemical pesticides and fertilizers * listen to horticultural experts * Ask lots of questions * Visit with 30+ community organizations, shop at the garden specialty merchants * Picnic with a delectable snack from one of the food vendors.

Sept 14
9 AM-Noon

Open Garden - At 10:00 AM mini-demonstrations include: * Fall Planting and Plant Selections * Propagating Herbs * How to Grow a Raisin.

On-going: * The Many Benefits of Mulch * Pruning Blackberries, Boysenberries and Blueberries * Preparing the Cool Season Vegetable Garden * Turning, Sifting, and Building the Pile for Good, Healthy Compost.

October 9
9 AM-Noon

Midweek Open Garden - At 10:00 a.m. at the Vineyard: Putting the Vineyard to Bed for the Winter.

On-going: * Selecting Bulbs for Dramatic Garden Displays * Removing Spent Annuals, Pruning Perennials * Fertilizing and Controlling Soil pH with Sulfur * Winter Protection for Edible Tropicals and Citrus * Using Cover Crops to Replenish the Soil * Turning, Sifting, and Building the Pile for Good, Healthy Compost.


4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA 95827       Master Gardener Phone:  916.876.5338             Fax:  916.875.6233

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