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Santa Cruz Garden Exchange is scheduled for Saturday

The free monthly Santa Cruz Garden Exchange is held Saturdays from 8am to 9am in the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, 17th Ave parking lot to trade within our gardening community. You don’t have to bring anything to receive. Call 831-239-5659 with questions.


Learn to grow a salsa garden with a master gardener

The Let’s Salsa…& Chips Garden Workshop takes place on Sunday from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Rancho Cielo, 710 Old Stage Road, Salinas. Participants will learn basic gardening techniques from master gardener Julie Lorenzen and learn how to grow a small salsa garden—tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, and cilantro. The workshop ends with fresh salsa and chips. The event is open to everyone, families are welcome and bring a friend. The event is free, register at eventbrite.com/e/lets-salsa-chips-garden-workshop


Harvest fresh flowers and vegetables during the guided harvesting tour

Guided Harvest Walk from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday at the Earthbound Farm Stand at 7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Harvest a variety of summer vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Come to the covered pavilion at 10 a.m. sharp. The cost is $45 per person. Contact the organizer to request a refund. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit eventbrite.com/e/earthbound-farm-stand-harvest-walk-tickets.

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Luz Del Valle offers everything you can pick apples

Looking for a quiet place to pick apples? Spend some time at Luz Del Valle Farm 1875 Hames Road, Aptos. Multiple dates through October 28 are available including Saturday and Sunday. Visit the peaceful natural oasis and pick as many apples as you can in an hour. Tickets are $12 per person and include 1 pound of apples per person. Children under 12 are free. The gate to the orchard and car park will be clearly marked with signs on Hames Road. Do not park on Hames Road. For more information, call 831-607-9831. Visit eventbrite.com/e/u-pick-apples-tickets to purchase tickets.


Garden Club member presents fall art and plant sale

Visit the Fall Art and Plant Sale on September 24th and 25th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at 3175 Scriver St., Santa Cruz. Featuring special guest Cate Shelly and her beautiful, whimsical clay sculptures. Lots of new treasures. Great sale. Visit lindabeatham.com/ for more information and directions.


Join Marci Huston for a sugar skull succulent planting

Marci Huston presents Sugar Skull Succulent Planting from 12pm to 9pm on September 30th at The Garden Shoppe, 364 7th St., Hollister. Unwind after work with your favorite adult beverage. We have drink specials so you can relax and enjoy this very simple planting event. The large skulls are $48 and contain three succulents, and the small skull are $22 and contain one succulent. Both include the moss and the rocks. Grab your co-workers for the holiday happy hour and come along! Outside beverages are not permitted on the property at any time. We have a very large selection of wine, beer and soft drinks. Please don’t hesitate to bring your own snacks or we can prepare you an amazing sausage. Tickets available at eventbrite.com/e/sugar-skull-succulent-planting-tickets

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The Pearl Ave Library is hosting a workshop on vermicomposting

Want to learn how to use compost for leftovers? Jose Environmental Services is hosting a webinar on vermicomposting (worms) on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sign up now to learn techniques to turn your leftover food into a healthy soil fertilizer for your backyard garden. Respond at https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=36404.


Self-guided tour of the Illuminated Bamboo Magic Forest

This fall, join us for a walk through an illuminated enchanted bamboo forest presented by Bamboo Giant Nursery and Gardens at 5601 Freedom Blvd., Aptos. This evening walk is perfect for families and individuals of all ages. Similar to the classic corn maze, each participant receives a map of the site and an event card to fill in with rubber stamps from hidden stations in the bamboo forest. can you find them all Tickets are only sold online.

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Due to social distancing practices, we will be limiting the number of groups that can attend at one time. We’ll call the ticket buyer to schedule your group for a specific time slot on your selected date. Age 13+ (Adult): $20 Age 2-12 (Child): $12.50 Senior 65+ and Active Duty Military (ID required): $15 Group options are available. See ticket sales for prices.

Children under the age of 2 have free entry with the purchase of an adult ticket. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. ID is required at the door only to verify the ticket. All ticket sales are final. If for any reason you can’t make it, send a message immediately to arrange another appointment. Sign up at eventbrite.com/e/illuminated-bamboo-enchanted-forest-walk-through-tickets.

The Garden Digest is compiled by Jesselyn Rego. Email [email protected] to submit entries for the calendar including events, meetings, resources or anything garden related.

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