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Gardening with Natives Symposium: Helping our Foothill Gardens Survive the Drought

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Date(s) - 09/12/2015
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Creekside Building


The Sierra Foothills Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
and Tuolumne Utilities District Present:

Gardening with Natives: Helping our Foothill Gardens Survive the Drought


9:00-9:15a.m. Introductions, housekeeping items

9:15-10:00a.m. Janet Cobb, “Mobilizing to Conserve the Oak Ecosystem for California’s Future.” Janet Cobb is Executive Officer of the California Wildlife Foundation/California Oaks, which speaks up on behalf of oaks throughout the State. The organization publishes books, curricula and materials about the importance of oak ecosystems for schools and community groups about the necessity of protecting oaks if the State is to achieve sustainable wildlife habitat, healthy watersheds sufficient to meet drought conditions, and a stable climate going forward.

10:00-10:30a.m. Scott Oneto, “Don’t be Fooled by Unwise Water-Wise Plant Choices.” California*s drought is popularizing low-water landscaping; lawns are coming out, xeriscaping is going in. Fortunately, water agencies, nurseries and garden centers are all promoting drought tolerant plant lists to guide purchasing decisions and reduce water usage. Unfortunately, in this rush for water conservation, invasive plants are creeping onto some of these lists!

10:30-10:45a.m. Break, refreshments served

10:45-11:30a.m. Susie Kocher, “The Effects of the Current Drought on Sierran Conifers.” Susie will explain the many ways that drought is affecting our conifers and some ways that we can increase the chance that the conifers in our home landscapes can make it through these dry times.

11:30-11:45a.m. Steve Bickford, “Our Oldest Trees Can*t Be Replaced: Easing the Drought Stress on our Native Oaks.” Steve will provide tips on how to help our native oaks be more resilient against the effects of drought.

11:45a.m.-12:45p.m. Lunch (provided)

12:45-1:00p.m. Announcements, Introductions

1:00-2:00p.m. Alrie Middlebrook, “Gardening Solutions in the Sierra Foothills that Address Drought, Climate, Biodiversity and Nutrition.” Alrie will talk about gardening for drought, climate change, biodiversity and nutrition. She will include habitat plants and food plants local to the Sierra region (cattail, black oak, yampah and Calochortus bulbs).

2:00-2:15p.m. Break, refreshments served.

2:15-2:30p.m. Marlys Bell. “Survival Strategies for Favorite California Native Plants.” Marlys will share her experiences and survival strategies for using native plants in the landscape including: best plants for various locations, complimentary plant combinations, planting and watering tips and the water needs of various specific California native plants.

2:30-2:45p.m. Judy Dean, “Homegrown Tips for Gardening with Natives.” Over her fifty years of gardening, Judy Dean has developed some useful techniques and tips which she will share with you that have made establishing natives more successful and fun for her through weather extremes including drought.

2:45-3:30p.m. Panel Discussion: “Native Plants for Foothill Gardens” with Alrie Middlebrook, Marlys Bell and Judy Dean. The Panel will talk about some of the drought tolerant native plants that are ideal for foothill gardens and answer your questions.

Registration Fee

Registration includes lunch (choice of sandwich,
potato salad and beverage) and refreshments.

Before Sept. 1……………………………$25.00

After Sept. 1 ……………………………..$30.00

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