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Monterey Bay Master Gardener Blog

  • Wave Sculpture Garden

    Added August 25, 2016
    Wave Sculptural Garden 1

    Observations at Succulent Gardens Nursery, Part 2 The succulent wave sculpture at Succulent Gardens intrigued me immediately and held my attention. Not only were the textures, form and colors captivating, but being an ocean swimmer, I could easily...

  • Succulents in a Garden of Grasses

    Added June 19, 2016

    Observations at Succulent Gardens Nursery Three months into the yearlong internship I did at Succulent Gardens in Castroville and I was mesmerized. Succulent Extravaganza is an annual event for this nursery, and in 2014 a dozen or so sample gardens were...

What's New From The UC Blogs

  • Seeing Japanese beetles in your California landscape? Not likely.

    Added August 26, 2016
    Japanese beetle [D. Cappaert, Bugwood.org]

    Have you seen big green beetles in your California yard or garden? Or beetles feeding on your roses or other plants? There are many kinds of beetles commonly found in our landscapes, but the Japanese beetle is not one of them. Japanese Beetles Many...

  • Have a Rice Day! (Except for the Armyworms)

    Added August 25, 2016
    Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a pest of rice. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia: Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility)

    It's a day that rice growers look forward to. Bugs, not so much. Because they're targeted. Especially the fall armyworms. California's 2015 rice season indicated unprecedented levels of armyworms--the highest of the last 25 years, according to...

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