The Succulent Garden Club had guest speaker Ann DuMont at their meeting today. Ms. DuMont is a master gardener, graphic designer, amateur photographer, scrap-booker, and seamstress. She described her process of growing succulents in her garden and then photographing, designing, printing, and hand sewing the images onto luxury textiles. To learn more about her business or to purchase items, go to msdumont.com.
Photos by Alison Clary
This is not your typical plant sale! Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm Celebrates its 7th Annual Expo and Plant Sale on Saturday, April 13, 10-4. Includes plant sales (seedlings, herbs, succulents, flowers, rare fruit trees, berries, pelargoniums and unusual plants), BBQ, craft beer, olive oils and vinegars, hand made pasta, pottery, lathe-carved bowls while you watch, and pet farm animals. Free gardening, composting and foraging classes. Come spend the day with the whole family -- it's supposed to be a beautiful day!
For more information: www.facebook.com/events/366074300655255/
We had a good attendance yesterday at the "Growing and Using Herbs" workshop. Our instructor, Anna Marie Beauchemin, is extremely knowledgeable and gave a lovely Power Point presentation on the medicinal and culinary uses of herbs, as well as advice on which herbs are pollinator friendly. We made a super easy vinegar with fresh herbs, and everyone got to take home a jar. To check out Anna's website for her apothecary in Martinez, visit https://www.eastbayherbals.com
Photos by Alison Clary
Saturday, April 13, 10am - 4pm.
For more information, go to www.rodgersranchurbanfarm.org
Up next, RRHC and Sustainable Contra Costa (SCOCO) co-present a workshop on herbal medicine, the basics of planning a pollinator-friendly herb garden, properties and uses of popular kitchen medicinals, and preserving herbs from the summer. This workshop includes a demo on making herbal infused vinegar, and each participant will go home with a bottle of medicinal and culinary vinegar. Spots are filling up fast. To register, click on this: www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-and-using-herbs-tickets-54737757105?aff=erelexpmlt
Today was the final class in the 6-part permaculture series, taught by master gardener Marian Woodard. The topic was "To Seed or Seedling -- Getting Plants Off to a Great Start!" Marian told the class advantages of starting seeds in trays, using non-treated, non GMO seeds, how to interpret seed packets, when to plant, what grow well together, how the seed industry has evolved, and so much more. Photos by Alison Clary
The Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center's Board of Directors is excited to use our blog, "Ranch Posts," to keep members and the public informed of the latest activities at the ranch. We invite you to comment, ask questions, or muse on the heritage center, both its historical past and its thriving present.