Harvest Day 2022 Speaker Information
8:30 - 9:15 A.M.
Selecting Trees for the Home Landscape in a Changing Climate
Sacramento has been called the “City of Trees” since the mid-1850s and is among the top 10 urban forests in the country. UC Master Gardener Pam Bone will help us navigate the best tree choices in challenging, changing climate.
“In my presentation, I will discuss what to consider when selecting a tree, including how more frequent droughts and warmer temperatures may impact landscape and fruit trees and influence the kinds of trees we grow in our landscapes,” she says. “Trees are a long-term investment that provide significant benefits for our mental and physical health, the value of our homes and neighborhoods, and help conserve energy.”
Pam has been an Urban Horticulture & Urban Forestry Farm Advisor and was the first program coordinator for UC Master Gardeners, Sacramento County.
She is an award-winning, well-known, and highly respected speaker on a variety of gardening and landscaping topics. She has a degree in plant science from UC Davis and majored in pomology at Washington State University.
She has been a frequent guest on gardening radio shows and podcasts, a featured speaker at home and garden shows, and you may remember her as co-host of PBS KVIE 6’s long-running program, “Grassroots Guide to Yard Care.”
9:45 - 10:30 A.M.
Healthy Soil - Soil Preparation for a Healthy Landscape
Kevin Marini started growing food in college and upon graduating with a degree in Ethnobotany, he worked for two years building school gardens and educating youth throughout the Oakland Unified School District. This amazing experience led to a commitment to teaching people about growing food and to an overseas adventure learning to farm in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.
Upon returning from Italy, Kevin became the Program Manager for the University of California Placer and Nevada Counties’ Master Gardener program and has been for 20 years now. He has trained over two thousand Master Gardener volunteers up and down the state and teaches the public through workshops and speaking engagements.
His areas of expertise are soils, vegetable gardening, composting, fruit trees, and, as a Certified Arborist, tree care.
11:00 - 11:45 A.M.
Make Your Landscape Wildlife Friendly
Bees, butterflies, and birds need our help. Concerned that many species of wildlife are in serious decline, UC Master Gardener Roxie Jones will share what is needed to ensure the survival of wildlife in our urban landscapes.
“People have been landscaping for aesthetics, with little regard for the needs of the wildlife that are being displaced. Roxie is excited about sharing simple things you can do in your gardens to create a healthy environment for wildlife and people.”
Initially, Roxie was an ambassador for water-efficient landscapes, but now she shares that passion with wildlife-friendly landscaping. Growing up on 30-acres in the Santa Cruz mountains, she knows the peace we can gain by experiencing the sights, sounds, and movement of wildlife in our own back yards.
A large space is not necessary to be a part of the solution. Roxie says, “I will show you how even a potted garden on an apartment patio can provide habitat for wildlife.”
Roxie was instrumental in securing the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center’s “National Wildlife Habitat” certification and the development of the on-site Wildlife Habitat Garden. Roxie is a retired computer science college instructor.