Water-wise, fire-wise and cool-season gardening resources available
November 12, 2010 (El Cajon) -- In many parts of the U.S., people would scoff at the notion that fall and winter can be prime gardening months. But not in San Diego, with its Mediterranean climate characterized by mild to cool, wet winters and warm to hot, dry summers. The Water Smart Gardening Festival, held at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.on Saturday, November 13, 2010, helps San Diegans make the most of the region’s fall-to-spring planting season--and save water at the same time.
A potpourri of gardening know-how includes guest speaker Greg Rubin, native plant and fire-wise gardening expert who will present Fire, Chaparral, and Survival in Southern California at 1pm. The talk is based on the same-titled book by fire ecologist Rick Halsey, Rubin’s colleague. Other experts will share their knowledge of vegetable gardening, soil analysis, pest control, and rain harvesting. Rain barrels will be on sale for just $66.
The event, now in its fifth year, also boasts the most diverse drought-tolerant plant sale in the County. Vendors will sell shrubs, trees, perennials, succulents and more, making the event one-stop shopping for fall and winter gardening essentials. Music, food and festivities are all part of the fun at the educational event.
Admission to the event is a nominal $3, with Garden members and children 12 years and younger getting in free. Workshops and all activities throughout the day are included with admission (unless specified) and parking is free. A complete program is available at www.thegarden.org.