Fair exhibit highlights eco-friendly practices

The Marin County Fair is back! No one is more thrilled to be back than Marin Master Gardeners. Our team took care of planning an engaging exhibit to support our theme of learning to create earth-friendly gardens.

We know you want to have a happy, healthy garden that you can share with happy families, friends, and bees, birds, butterflies, hummers, and lizards. So stop by our tent, and we’ll show you and tell you how it’s done. Our goal is to show you that every action in your garden that uses the principles of eco-friendly gardening brings us closer to a healthy environment, one gardener and one garden at a time.

Enjoy the garden itself and the two 30-minute lectures on eco-friendly gardening practices each day. We hope you will be inspired to bring your new knowledge into your garden.

Visitors can expect to experience:

• How to grow a healthy, eco-friendly garden that looks great, uses sustainable techniques and benefits the wider environment.

• California natives and other low-water plants that host pollinators and other beneficial insects.

• How to remove a lawn and passable alternatives for planting it instead.

• Fire strategies.

• A vegetable garden full of fresh and gourmet products.

• An excellent and enthusiastic roster of speakers who will cover a wide range of topics including habitat gardening, rat management, inviting beneficial insects, irrigation, fire strategies, gardening in pots, native plants, composting and succulents.

Photo by Marie Narlock

The Marin Master Gardeners will put together an exhibit teaching environmentally friendly gardening practices for the Marin County Fair.

On Children’s Day, we will encourage youngsters to fully experience the special sensory plants brought for the day, guide them as they dig in a worm bin and give them tips for an eco-friendly scavenger hunt.

Don’t miss the engaging speakers:

• Overwhelmed by the recent fires? Do you want to make your property more fire resistant? Learn the latest scientific techniques to plan and maintain your landscape for maximum defense when a wildfire threatens. Sophia Porter, UCCE Marin’s Fireproof Landscaping Coordinator, discusses “Fireproof Landscaping Strategies” at 11:30 a.m. July 1.

• Do you want to grow some of your own food but don’t have the garden space? Instead, grow edibles in containers. Find out which plants do best, which containers work, and the soil, water, and care they need to provide an abundance of fresh, delicious herbs, fruits, and vegetables. UC Marin Master Gardener Raoul Stepakoff discusses “Growing Edibles in Containers” at 1:30 p.m. July 1 and demonstrates how to plant a small edible garden. Yes, you can create your own patio products market.

• Want to compost yard waste and food scraps, but don’t have the space (or tilt) for a large composting facility? Vermicomposting (vermicomposting) is an excellent solution. It’s easy, eco-friendly, and provides nutritious plant foods. Learn how to make a worm bin from recycled materials, how to handle a bin you’ve purchased, what can and shouldn’t go in a bin, and what conditions worms need to be happy and productive at the Master Gardener Lecture UC Marin Joan Irwin at 11:30 a.m. July 2.

• Join the growing movement to bring California’s iconic landscape to your backyard. Learn what California native plants are, the beauty and benefits of growing them, which ones to grow and how to care for them, and why they are a popular and environmentally friendly choice at Karen Holleran’s “Introduction to California Native Plants” , master gardener at UC Marin, at 1:30 p.m. on July 2.

• Learn how to design, install and maintain a succulent garden. Learn about the soil, irrigation, and sun/shade exposure they need to grow and thrive at UC Marin Master Gardener Gary Bartl’s “Creating a Succulent Garden” talk at 11:30 a.m. July 3. Succulents come in all shapes, sizes and colors and come from all over the world. Adding these low-water beauties to your garden creates instant texture and interest.

• Even with limited yard space, you can enjoy the presence of birds, butterflies and other pollinators while adding beauty and interest to your patio or deck. Learn about the many benefits of California native plants, which containers and potting mixes are best, and how to care for them, and UC Marin Master Gardener Bonnie Marks, “Growing California Native Plants in Containers” at 1:30 p.m. July 3.

Details: UC Marin’s Master Gardeners will be at the fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 30 through July 4 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 5 for a plant sale where you can grab some great bargains. Find us in the backyard of the San Rafael Fairgrounds at 10 Avenue of the Flags. Look for the big white and yellow ten.

Sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension, the University of California Marin Master Gardeners provide scientific and research-based information to home gardeners. Email your questions to [email protected] Attach photos for plant pest or disease inquiries. The office is closed for visits without an appointment. Subscribe to the Flyer, UC Marin Master Gardener’s free quarterly electronic newsletter, at marinmg.ucanr.edu

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