UC Master Gardener Program of Monterey Bay
University of California
UC Master Gardener Program of Monterey Bay

Boot Camp 2016

Check-In & Reception: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Section 1: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Class 1.1 - Microclimates in the Monterey Bay Region

We will discuss the geographic factors resulting in variations in temperature, precipitation, wind, sun exposure and soil moisture levels that create microclimates in the Montery Bay region. If there is time, we will look at soil variations in the Monterey Bay region.

Diedre Scholar has taught Earth Sciences at Cabrillo College for 14 years and is presently Chair of the Geography-Meteorology Department.  Her degrees are in Environmental Studies (B.A.) and Earth Sciences (Geology) (M. Sc.) both from UCSC.

Class 1.2 – Increasing Your Success Growing Roses

Learn the basics of planting and nurturing all types of roses including hybrid teas, old garden roses, shrubs and climbers. Discover proven techniques to increase the number and size of blooms, to reduce diseases and insect pests in environmentally safe ways, and to create eye-catching specimen rose plants in your garden.

Joe Truskot is a master rosarian and author of the "Central Coast Rose Manual." Since he was 3 years old he's been fascinated by plants and gardens and has always kept something green and alive close by. His love of gardening exploded when he bought his house in Salinas in 1992 and has now experienced just about everything than can go right and wrong with a home garden.

Class 1.3 - Integrated Pest Management

This class will outline the principles and practices of Integrated Pest Management as applied to the home garden. Identify and learn how to control insect pests, then get to know beneficial insects and the plants that attract them.

Sean Swezey is an Entomologist and Integrated Pest Management Specialist with a PhD in Entomology from UC Berkeley, trained in biological pest control. He has served as associate director of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz and director of the Davis-based University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (UC SAREP). He has held research and teaching appointments at UC Berkeley, Cornell University, and UC Santa Cruz. Sean worked as a consulting entomologist in Central and South America with the Organization of American States and with the Food and Agriculture Organization, performed research with transitional and organic apple, strawberry, artichoke, and cotton crops. He is currently a Horticulture instructor at Cabrillo College. 

Class 1.4 - Small Tree Pruning (outdoor class)

Good pruning can be both a long term benefit and enhance a tree’s natural beauty. Understanding how trees grow and respond to pruning is key to good pruning. Learn the basic concepts and pruning techniques control growth and maintain a tree's natural growth habit.

Peter Quintanilla is an ISA Certified Arborist, UCCE Master Gardener and instructor of arboriculture and landscape pruning at Cabrillo College. He also teaches tree care for the Master Gardener’s training class and give pruning workshops for both landscape crews and home gardeners. Peter's experience spans from native and formal gardens to fruit tree orchards and Japanese gardens.

Class 1.5 – Preserving the Harvest

Pickling your produce is a great way to preserve your garden's bounty. In this class, the Master Food Preservers will present on all things pickled, including covering the difference between fermented and vinegar pickles, demonstrating how to make each type. We will have sample of giardiniera with cucumbers, cauliflower, carrots and red peppers. We will also discuss making Sauerkraut and kimchee and and will leave plenty of time for Q&A!

Chris Lyons is a Certified Master Food Preserver (MFP) and Volunteer for the University of CA Cooperative Extension MFP Program. She was certified in Amador County and has since helped launch the volunteer MFP program for San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties.

Mei Ling Hui was pleasantly surprised when her degree in Ecological Agriculture became marketable. For the last 8+ years she has worked on urban forestry and urban agriculture policy for the City and County of San Francisco's Environment Department and deeply appreciates the opportunity to volunteer as a Master Food Preserver for San Mateo/San Francisco Counties. 

Class 1.6 – Propagation with Seeds (outdoor class - limit 20 students)

In this hands-on, practical class, you’ll learn simple techniques for growing plants from seed.  Time permitting; you’ll also learn some interesting methods for breaking seed dormancy in harder-to germinate species.

Nicky Hughes has been gardening since she was 3 years old when she received a set of garden tools as a birthday present from her grandfather.  She has a business background and a BS in Horticulture from the University of London, England.  In 1998 she transplanted from England to Santa Cruz and is now firmly rooted in the local community.  She worked for several local nurseries, retail and wholesale, before establishing her own business, Gold Rush Nursery which she named for her golden retriever.  Nicky loves propagation and is still thrilled by every seed that germinates and cutting that roots.

 

Section 2: 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

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Class 2.1 - The Wonderful World of Lavender: French, Spanish, English or Lavandin

What kind of lavender do you want for your garden? We will look at and discuss how they vary and create different effects and results in their use with design and application in mind. Sizes, shapes, textures, flower and foliage color as well as practical uses will be covered.

Jeff Rosendale is co-owner with his wife Lisa of Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens in Watsonville. He has been working with plants in the Bay Area and Central Coast for the last 40 years. Last summer he and Lisa took a 2 week road trip and visited 17 lavender farms.

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Class 2.2 - Irrigation Efficiency in the Landscape

Learn how to maintain a healthy and beautiful landscape that needs little to no supplemental water. Topics covered include irrigation scheduling, controller programming, irrigation system troubleshooting, types of irrigation systems, and climate-appropriate plant selection.

Michael Johnson is co-owner and lead field technician for California Horticulture Services and has over 10 years of irrigation efficiency experience collaborating with multiple parties including farmers, water agencies, landscape contractors, property owners, and regulatory agencies. Mr. Johnson has conducted over 300 irrigation system evaluations for private clients and as part of region-wide efforts sponsored by public agencies. He is currently the instructor for the "Irrigation Systems Design and Management" course at Cabrillo College, is a "Technical Service Provider" for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and has received the following certifications from the Irrigation Association: "Certified Agricultural Irrigation Specialist" (CAIS) and "Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor" (CLIA).

Class 2.3 - Tree Care for Gardeners

Trees are a major investment in our gardens and a long term benefit to the environment. The trees in our gardens have a remarkable way of maintaining their health over many decades, but at times our gardening practices can cause
them unintentional harm. Learn the basic tree care concepts that work with a tree's natural abilities to stay healthy, strong and beautiful.

Peter Quintanilla is an ISA Certified Arborist, UCCE Master Gardener and instructor of arboriculture and landscape pruning at Cabrillo College. He also teaches tree care for the Master Gardener’s training class and give pruning workshops for both landscape crews and home gardeners. Peter's experience spans from native and formal gardens to fruit tree orchards and Japanese gardens.

Class 2.4 – Growing Citrus on the Central Coast (outdoor class)

Learn which citrus varieties are best suited to growing in the Monterey Bay. This class will discuss planting, cultural practices, pruning, and an overview of pests and diseases, including the Asian Citrus Psyllid.

Lexa Dillon is a fourth generation nurseryman at Four Winds Growers in Watsonville. Lexa grew up at Four Winds Growing Grounds in Fremont, where she was able to sample a wide variety of citrus on her walks home from school. She attended UCSC for undergrad with a focus on History. After a stint in West Africa as a Peace Corps Agriculture and Forestry Volunteer, she returned to the Santa Cruz Area. Lexa completed the Cabrillo College Crop Production Program in 2010 and began working at Four Winds Growers in Watsonville.

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Class 2.5 – Succulents in the Landscape 

Subjects covered will be soil, watering, feeding, pests and specifics of care for each type of plant used to demonstrate. What to look for when buying a plant: health, size, quality, roots. Plant handling by removing a plant from its container, loosening roots and placing into new soil. What to look for in a plant to determine which plants divide and which need to be pruned. Questions are encouraged and will be taken during the talk.

Robin Stockwell is the founder and former owner, grower, and manager of Succulent Gardens, a wholesale/retail nursery dedicated to the growing of over 400 varieties of quality succulent plants. He retired when he sold his business to the Rodkin family in 2014. Robin has been working with succulent plants since 1972 and has been active in the nursery industry as a grower and retailer working with other retailers, growers, and landscape professionals for over 40 years. Robin has spoken at garden events such as the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show and Sunset Celebration Weekend and also gives educational talks to garden clubs and landscape professionals. Robin is currently writing a book with Sunset Magazine on landscaping with succulent plants and continues to encourage using succulent plants.

Class 2.6 - Propagation with Cuttings (outdoor class - limit 20 students)

This is a hands-on, practical class in which you’ll learn how to propagate plants from cuttings and will go home armed with the knowledge you need to start your own mini-nursery.  We’ll cover selecting the right wood, potting media, rooting hormones and transplanting. (Outdoor Class)

Nicky Hughes has been gardening since she was 3 years old when she received a set of garden tools as a birthday present from her grandfather.  She has a business background and a BS in Horticulture from the University of London, England.  In 1998 she transplanted from England to Santa Cruz and is now firmly rooted in the local community.  She worked for several local nurseries, retail and wholesale, before establishing her own business, Gold Rush Nursery which she named for her golden retriever.  Nicky loves propagation and is still thrilled by every seed that germinates and cutting that roots.

 

Section 3: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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Class 3.1 - Replacing Your Lawn with Water-Wise California Native Plants

How do we toss the turf, or at least lessen the lawn, without sacrificing beauty, useful space, or our reputation in the neighborhood? This session will address the why, when, where, and how to get it done using what suitable California native plants together with basic replacement, installation, and maintenance methods. When the class is done you will have a plant list in hand, understanding in your head, and inspiration in your heart.

Peigi Duvall grew up in Monterey, California, and has been playing in California's natural beauty ever since. She recently returned to the Central Coast after practicing in Silicon Valley for 14 years and currently designs landscapes throughout the greater Monterey Bay. Her drought tolerant and environmentally conscious designs have been seen on the Going Native Garden Tour, Bay Friendly Garden Tour, Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, UCCE Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco Counties Educational Garden Tour, and others. Ms. Duvall is a certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), a Bay Friendly Qualified Landscaper (BFQL), as well as a member of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA). She teaches courses at Stanford Continuing Studies on sustainable landscaping with native plants and has given topical presentations for the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), Bay Area Water Service and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), and other organizations throughout the state. From 2004 - 2009 she served as state level Horticulture Program Director for CNPS and currently serves on the CNPS Horticulture Committee. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and earned her certificate in Environmental Horticulture and Design from Foothill College.

Class 3.2 – Common Garden Diseases & Management

Learn to recognize some of our most common plant disease problems in the garden and landscape. Some of them can be avoided, some of them cannot. The first step in disease management is understanding what part of the plant is sick and arriving at a good general diagnosis.

Ann Northrup spent her undergraduate years at the University of Michigan where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology.  She has worked in the field of medical diagnostics at Bio Rad Labs in Richmond CA, and as a molecular biology research assistant at UC Irvine.  She later returned to her interest in plant pathology to earn a master’s degree with Dr. Bob Raabe at UC Berkeley.  Her work has been primarily in disease diagnostics of ornamental plants, first with Soil and Plant Lab in Orange CA, and then with Nurserymen’s Exchange in Half Moon Bay.  She currently consults privately in plant pathology and arboriculture and teaches horticultural classes at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and Merritt College in Oakland.  One of her long time and current enjoyments is volunteering at the "Sick Plant Clinic" at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden.  More recently she has also become an active volunteer in the UCCE Master Gardener program of Santa Clara County.  In her spare time she enjoys playing her flute in a woodwind quintet in Saratoga and with the Saratoga Community Band.   And of course, she gardens.

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Class 3.3 – Monterey Bay Friendly Landscapes: Recognition & Incentive Program

Monterey Bay Friendly is all about recognizing and rewarding folks who have or would like to enhance their soil’s health and permeability; incorporate the use of “drought thriving” plants; practice efficient irrigation and consider greywater harvesting; manage rain as a resource; and use regenerative maintenance practices to keep their landscapes thriving with less time and lower expense.

LeAnne Ravinale is a Rater for the Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Certification Program and enjoys sharing regenerative landscaping ideas with homeowners and recognizing those who have embraced sustainable landscaping practices. She is also the Water Use Efficiency Program Coordinator for the Scotts Valley Water District, Certified Green Gardener and Greywater Irrigation consultant.

Class 3.4 – How to be Successful Growing Fruit Trees (outdoor class)

Come learn the basic skills to grow great fruit in your backyard. We will cover best fertility practices, annual care guidelines, varietal selection, and pest prevention for the home orchard.

Matthew Sutton is founder of Orchard Keepers- Ecological Food Systems Management.  Going on their 10th year in business, orchard keepers has been a leader in the home orchard movement.  They have assisted hundreds of homeowners create backyard food systems using organic practices.  Matthew teaches classes throughout the year all around the bay area.

Class 3.5 - Garden Tools: Selection, Use and Maintenance

Whether it's your well worn trowel or an heirloom garden spade, we all have our favorite garden tools. Having the perfect tool for the job can make the difference between avoiding a garden chore or looking forward to a morning in the garden. Learn how to select, use and maintain your garden tools, including how to sharpen your pruning shears.

Peter Quintanilla is an ISA Certified Arborist, UCCE Master Gardener and instructor of arboriculture and landscape pruning at Cabrillo College. He also teaches tree care for the Master Gardener’s training class and give pruning workshops for both landscape crews and home gardeners. Peter's experience spans from native and formal gardens to fruit tree orchards and Japanese gardens.

Class 3.6 - Making the Cut!  Plant Propagation from Divisions and Layering (outdoor class)

Dividing is a quick and easy method for propagating many kinds of plants, but taking a sharp implement to your plants can be daunting!  In this class, you’ll learn how to tell which plants can be grown from divisions and where, when and how to make the cut.  Layering is a much slower technique for growing new plants, but is particularly effective for many woody plants.  You’ll leave the class knowing some techniques for layering and, again, knowing where, when and how to make the cut!

Nicky Hughes has been gardening since she was 3 years old when she received a set of garden tools as a birthday present from her grandfather.  She has a business background and a BS in Horticulture from the University of London, England.  In 1998 she transplanted from England to Santa Cruz and is now firmly rooted in the local community.  She worked for several local nurseries, retail and wholesale, before establishing her own business, Gold Rush Nursery which she named for her golden retriever.  Nicky loves propagation and is still thrilled by every seed that germinates and cutting that roots.

 

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Water drop indicates a "water wise" class.

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