Free Master Gardener Landscaping Classes

Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners at the 13th Annual Desert Garden Community Day on October 27, 2018


Dangers Lurking in the Garden: Toxic and Dangerous Plants

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. by Larry Fechter, Master Gardener

There are dangers lurking in our yards and natural environment. This presentation explores the risks we gardeners face as we expose ourselves to natural poisons, irritants, thorns, and allergens. Learn what the major risks are and how to protect ourselves!

Larry was a professor of environmental toxicology at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and at the VA Medical Center in Loma Linda. He completed the UCCE Master Gardener program in 2013.

Painting with Plants, Creating a Desert Courtyard from the Inside Out

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. by Tracy Merrigan, Master Gardener

How to Grow Plumeria in Extreme Heat

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. by Mernell Wong, Master Gardener

It’s Time To Plant Those Vegetables–Growing Vegetables in the Coachella Valley

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. by Bob & Sue Adamson, Master Gardeners

Ollas: An Ancient form of Irrigation used in Our Gardens Today

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. by Thurman Howard, Master Gardener

An olla is unglazed pottery used for centuries as a method of retaining moisture, in the ground and releasing it slowly as needed.  Like a tail on a kite, this form of irrigation keeps a uniform balance of moisture, oxygen, and living organisms.

When I was first introduced to the Olla, I had many questions. How does it work? What is the science Can it be used for all irrigation?

This was the start of my journey, that took me back 4,000 years to China, and then to Egypt when it fed the Roman empire.

How and why did they use this method?  There was a purpose, it came to me as I understood the local tribals here in the Coachella Valley.

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