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Harvest Day 2019 Speaker Information

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Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery Speaker’s Tent

Debbie Flower

Debbie Flower

8:30-9:15 AM
Container Gardens: Water Wisdom

Debbie Flower is a retired professor of horticulture.  She learned the rules of horticulture while obtaining her BS from Rutgers University (the state university of NJ, which is The Garden State!) and MS from UC Davis, plus numerous credits in the now-defunct department of horticulture at University of Nevada, Reno.  She started learning the exceptions to those rules while living and gardening in numerous varied places in the US. 

She has worked in horticulture research, cooperative extension, and at wholesale and retail nurseries, and ended her formal career as Professor and Chair of the Horticulture Department at American River College in Sacramento.  She now lives and gardens in Fair Oaks.

Kevin Marini

Kevin Marini

9:45-10:30 AM
To Fertilize or Not to Fertilize

Kevin Marini earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Ethnobotany in 1996 and has been learning and teaching in some form ever since.  

Kevin first explored the emerging field of Environmental Education, working extensively in school gardens and returning to school for a Teaching Credential. Then, after a year living and farming abroad in Tuscany, he returned to the states and moved to the Sierra Foothills. He currently oversees the University of California Cooperative Extension Placer and Nevada Counties’ Master Gardener and Composter Programs and has for the last 16 years.  

Kevin’s specialties include soils, vegetable gardening, and composting education; he trains Master Gardeners all over the state and is known locally around elementary schools as the “Worm Whisperer”.

Pam Bone

Pam Bone

11:00-11:45 AM
Getting To the Root of Planting Trees and Shrubs

Pam Bone is a Landscape Horticulturist and UCCE Sacramento County Lifetime Master Gardener.

Her BS in Plant Science from UC Davis led her to her former position as the urban horticulture advisor with the Sacramento County Cooperative Extension where part of her responsibilities included developing and managing the first Master Gardener program in northern California.  In that position, she also worked to solve horticulture problems for landscape and nursery professionals, as well as the public.  She continues to teach sound horticulture practices to gardening professionals and Master Gardeners throughout northern California.

Pam is a frequent guest on Fred Hoffman's KFBK and KSTE Sunday radio gardening programs.  She was co-host and co-producer of the popular and award-winning KVIE monthly television program Grassroots Guide to Yard Care which aired for 14 years.   

Pam has years of hands-on experience in her own water-wise 1/3 acre landscape filled with fruit trees, berry plants, roses, trees and shrubs, including CA natives, as well as five compost piles. Backed by her 40 years of university, research-based experience, Pam currently lectures on tree selection, planting and care; pruning for plant and environmental health; integrated pest management of trees and woody ornamentals; an ecological approach to plant and landscape fertilizing; the principles of a water-wise landscape;  landscaping with native plants; and landscape mistakes, myths and misconceptions. 

Pam is proud to be an active Master Gardener volunteer and is available to answer questions from the public on the Thursdays she works at the Sacramento County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Help Desk: 916-876-5338. 

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

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