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“Eating California” Summer Solstice Festival 6.22.13

Save the date:  June 22 2013 6pm at the Middlebrook Center, San Jose.

You’re invited!

Date: Saturday, June 22, | Time: 6 to 10pm, | Place: The Middlebrook Center, 76 Race Street San Jose, CA

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The California Native Garden Foundation and our ELSEE education program proudly present our premier summer event: The ELSEE Summer Solstice Festival “Eating California™” Fundraiser!  Be prepared for an elegant evening of gourmet food, sustainable local wine, music and more all set in our beautiful ELSEE urban teaching garden and environmental laboratory in downtown San Jose.

This year we have been blessed with support from our

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Pallet Garden Workshop Photos

Pallet Workshop

Our pallet garden workshop led by Aaron Middlebrook was a great success. Many people came out and put together some wonderful gardens. Thanks, Aaron, for gathering all the materials and showing us how to do it! The photos show the step-by-step process.

Linda Bender made a pallet garden and later said to Alrie, “I want you to know this adventure was lotsa fun! I think everyone enjoyed making their special garden. Thank you! Your knowledge and passion really amaze and inspire me.”

 

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Pallet Garden Workshop and Work Day, April 27

Pallet Garden

Pallet Garden Workshop Saturday, April 27 Work Day, 9 to 4; Workshop, 10 to noon Middlebrook Center, 76 Race St., San Jose

Date: Saturday, April 27, | Time: 10:00 to noon, | Place: ELSEE @ Middlebrook Center Gardens, 76 Race Street San Jose, CA

Pallet Garden

Mark your calendar for one of our most exciting workshops this year: Salad in a pallet!

You’ll take home a garden, an architectural element and an exciting piece of garden art all rolled into one. Each participant will be able to complete your own pallet garden.

We’ll have all the materials and plants ready. If you wish to

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Managing native gardens for a sustainable future

Tam-Avery Garden

 Postponed to a later date tbd.

Date: Saturday, March 23, | Time: 10:00 to noon, | Place: ELSEE @ Middlebrook Center Gardens, 76 Race Street San Jose, CA

Alrie Middlebrook presents a case study workshop of five gardens: Managing native gardens for a sustainable future.

We all love a new native garden. But after 5 years, do we still love it? Alrie Middlebrook shows five gardens that are maturing and how to keep them looking fresh. Come hear about what you can do in your garden to maintain it and keep it lovely year after year.

Alrie Middlebrook has been designing native gardens for 20

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Pollinators Workshop on March 9

Jeffrey Caldwell teaches the Pollinators Workshop

Those who went to the CNGF workshop on pollinators were once again laden with good information from biologist Jeffrey Caldwell. He started extemporaneously with limiting factors that are keeping pollinators from surviving. Just a few:

The artificial light that is constant daylight in mall and apartment building flower beds prevents flowers from blooming, keeps pollinators away, and benefits predators.

DiPel is an organic fertilizer (good), but kills all caterpillars, even beneficial ones (bad).

The Argentinian ant has killed off our native ants. So what? Our native ants tended butterflies, such as the Acmon Blue, for their sweet excretions.

A walk in

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