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Suds for a Bug? How You Can Exchange a Butterfly for a Pitcher of Beer!

Two cabbage white butterflies, Pieris rapae, flutter over catmint in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yes, it's true. You can exchange suds for a bug. That would be a cabbage white butterfly for a pitcher of beer or its equivalent. And it's all in...

Two cabbage white butterflies, Pieris rapae, flutter over catmint in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two cabbage white butterflies, Pieris rapae, flutter over catmint in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two cabbage white butterflies, Pieris rapae, flutter over catmint in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

After the Workshop

It's been over a week since we successfully completed our annual Wreath Workshop at the Buck Mansion in Vacaville.  I just wanted to share with you some pictures of the prep days and then the actual workshop.  I also wanted to recognize the hard work the Master Gardeners do to make this such a great event.  It might entice you to sign up for the workshop in December 2014. I will take RSVP's starting in November.

Traditionally, the workshop is held the first Saturday of December.  Participants pay a fee and get greens, a wreath frame, paddle wire, a bow and delicious refreshments for a fee.  It's a great way for residents to kick off the holiday season and a lot of fun (work!) for the UCCE Master Gardeners of Solano County.

Oh, and note the wreaths.  They are all made from the same exact materials, but each an individual, wonderful creation.

We start with a BIG pile of redwood, cut from locations in Solano County. (photos by Jennifer Baumbach)
We start with a BIG pile of redwood, cut from locations in Solano County. (photos by Jennifer Baumbach)

Redwood and other greens, such as Heavenly Bamboo, are cut to size.
Redwood and other greens, such as Heavenly Bamboo, are cut to size.

Greens are then conditioned in water and laid out on a tarp to drain.
Greens are then conditioned in water and laid out on a tarp to drain.

Piles, by species, of greens.
Piles, by species, of greens.

Master Gardener Sherry is creating a wreath.
Master Gardener Sherry is creating a wreath.

Wreath created as a thank you for supporter of the event.
Wreath created as a thank you for supporter of the event.

Another wreath, made from same greens, but unique.
Another wreath, made from same greens, but unique.

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:34 PM
Tags: greens (3), redwood (4), Solano (4), Wreath Workshop (7), wreaths (2)

Decorations from the Master Gardener Garden

Why you may ask would several Master Gardeners be spray painting dried agapanthus, hydrangeas, sedum, and so much more in the rain and wind?

Well there is a simple answer; the Master Gardener’s 19th annual Wreath Workshop is just around the corner. We are getting things ready so that you can participate in making a beautiful wreath for your home, what better way to start the holiday season?

To do this, we start by drying some plants we have grown in our gardens. The dried foliage and flowers that look good get to stay their natural color when dried. The not-so-good looking dried materials get spray painted different colors. In addition to the materials mentioned, we also have magnolia leaves, Deodora cones, statice, as well as other plants. The pine cones are of various sizes and we have been painting them to look like they have been dusted by snow. There will be ribbon in a multitude of colors for bows.

Prior to the actual date of the Wreath Workshop, which is December 7, 2013; Master Gardeners will spend 3 days gathering greens. They will then cut materials to a size that is manageable for wreath making, and finally, boxing them. In this box of foliage you might also find in addition to the redwood, some lavender or rosemary.

If you have never attending this Wreath Workshop, this is what you can expect to get for the fee that you will pay: a banana box filled with greenery, a wire wreath frame, paddle wire and all sorts of natural decorations and a bow. Refreshments will be served throughout the event. There will be Master Gardeners to help if you need a refresher on how to make a wreath.

The event is being held at the Buck Mansion Carriage House in Vacaville, December 7, 2013 from 1-4 pm. Space is limited to sign up now! Here is link to the website to sign up for this fun event. Http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber-11507

You can also call Jennifer Baumbach at 707-784-1321 for addition information.

A variety of plant materials that have been sprayed. (photos by Toni Greer)
A variety of plant materials that have been sprayed. (photos by Toni Greer)

Artichokes, cones, etc.
Artichokes, cones, etc.

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Welcome Gardeners!

Thank you for joining the Master Gardeners (MGs) as they share with you their knowledge and experiences of gardening in Solano County.  

If you aren’t familiar with our program, let me fill you in. The MGs are residents of Solano County. They are a diverse group of people who have been trained in horticulture for the purpose of volunteering their time to share that knowledge with you, the home gardener.

Each weekday, this blog will cover a new topic, something of interest to the writer or an interesting tidbit he or she has discovered in his or her home gardens or in other parts of our county.  

We are excited about sharing this blog with you and hope you enjoy reading about everything Under the Solano Sun.

Rudbeckia hirta, Black-eyed Susan (Photo by Jennifer Baumbach)

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM
Tags: flowers (20), home gardening (1), horticulture (5), Master Gardeners (51), plants (38), Solano (4)
 
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