As winter winds down and spring begins to tease us with a few early blooms, what better month than March to take in a gardening presentation or workshop? Here are a couple of events happening in the Bay Area this month.
Billy Goodnick, landscape architect and author of Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space into the Garden of Your Dreams is leading an all day design workshop at beautiful Filoli on March 15. Billy's promise: "Spend your Saturday with me and you'll come away enlightened, inspired and entertained." Details on Design Like a Pro: Demystifying the Art of Garden Design are on the Filoli website.
San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
In addition to the usual impressive list of speakers (including Rebecca Sweet on Wednesday, March 19 giving a terrific talk on making over your side yard), the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show has a few new things on tap this year.
For an additional fee, several of the speakers will be holding hands on workshops, including noted photographers Saxon Holt on Finding the Photo and David Perry on using your iPhone to photograph your garden.
Edible gardeners, the show has you covered as well: Nan Sterman will help you create a vegetable and herb garden you can take home with you. Space is limited, so don't delay. Details on all workshops are here--or heck, just go straight to the purchase tickets page.
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) is also offering something new at the show. Sign up in advance, and for a nominal fee, receive 30 minutes of design consultation from a professional designer. Although I won’t be one of the designers on tap, I can vouch for the high caliber of advice that will be given. Details here. Even better, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Kids Growing Strong, an organization that empowers familes and caregivers to inspire children to adopt healthy lifestyles via nutrition and exercise.
I'll be at the opening gala Tuesday night and wandering the floor on Thursday so keep an eye out for me (I'll be the one lugging a camera and looking for a spot to stash my flat of plants).
Contra Costa Master Gardeners Great Tomato Sale
I know the title says March events, but if you're like me and dreaming of your first bite of a juicy, homegrown tomato, then mark your calendars NOW for the Contra Costa County Master Gardeners tomato sale. April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Garden in Walnut Creek, the sale offers the best selection of locally propogated tomatoes in Contra Costa. Other veggies and (hopefully) worm compost will also be on sale - come early for the best selection as we do sell out.
Hope to see you at least some of you while I'm out and about this spring!