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Meet Us at the Fair
Marin County Civic Center
10 Ave of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
Contact: Jane Scurich at: jscurich@gmail.com
Sponsor: UC Marin Master Gardeners

Program: This year our garden and our talks are all about how to create Earth-friendly gardens. In addition to the garden, enjoy two free 30-minute talks each day on the “How To’s” of Earth-friendly gardening. Our theory? Start small. Every action that uses these principles inches us toward a healthier environment... one garden at a time, one gardener at a time. We can all be that gardener!

Location: White and Yellow Tent in the Barnyard at the Marin County Fair

Friday, July 1, 11:30 am
Fire-Smart Landscaping Strategies
Speaker: UCCE Marin Fire-Smart Landscape Science Coordinator Sophia Porter
Overwhelmed by the recent fire events? Want to make your property more resilient to fire? Learn the latest science-based techniques for planning and maintaining your landscape for maximum defense when wildfire threatens.

Friday, July 1, 1:30 pm
Growing Edibles in Containers
Speaker: UC Marin Master Gardener Raoul Stepakoff
Want to grow some of your own food but don’t have the garden space? Grow edibles in containers instead! Come learn which plants do best, what containers work, and the soil, water and care they need to provide a bounty of fresh, delicious herbs, fruits and vegetables. Raoul will demonstrate how to plant a small edible garden.

Saturday, July 2, 11:30 am
Vermicomposting or Composting with Worms
Speaker: UC Marin Master Gardener Joan Irwin
Want to compost yard litter and food scraps but don’t have the space (or inclination) for a large compost set up? Vermicomposting (worm composting) is a great solution! It's easy, Earth-friendly, and it provides nutritious plant food. Learn how to make a worm bin from recycled materials, how to manage a bin you've purchased, what can and shouldn’t go into a bin, and what conditions worms need to be happy and productive.

Saturday, July 2, 1:30 pm
Introduction to California Native Plants
Speaker: UC Marin Master Gardener Karen Holleran
Join the growing movement to bring California’s iconic landscape into your garden. Learn what California native plants are, the beauty and benefits of growing them, which to grow and how to care for them, and why they are a popular, Earth-friendly choice.

Sunday, July 3, 11:30 am
Creating a Succulent Garden
Speaker: UC Marin Master Gardener Gary Bartl
Learn how to design, install, and care for a succulent garden. Discover the soil, irrigation, and sun/shade exposure they need to grow and thrive. Succulents come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and hail from all over the world. Adding these low-water beauties to your garden creates instant texture and interest.

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

Monday, July 4, 11:30 am
Rats? Keeping Them Out!
Speaker: Environmental Educator and Our Water Our World Program Coordinator Suzanne Bontempo
Rats (and mice) are a huge and extremely common pest problem. Discover practical, safe, effective ways to keep rodents out of your house, car, and garden. Learn to successfully use many of the tools that are on the market today.

Monday, July 4, 1:30 pm
Bring in the Beneficials-- Insects, that is!
Speaker: Environmental Educator and Our Water Our World Program Coordinator Suzanne Bontempo
Did you know that over 90% of the insects in our gardens are actually beneficial? Encouraging these beneficial insects is one of the best ways to effectively reduce the number of pests in your garden. Learn how to spot the common beneficial insects in your garden and how to attract them and keep them happy.

Contact: Jane Scurich, jscurich@gmail.com, 415-302-8349