Tom Karwin, on gardening | Gardening on the Central Coast – Monterey Herald

For today’s column, we focus on an exceptional opportunity for gardeners in the Monterey Bay area.

The Pacific Horticultural Society and the University of California, Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanical Garden welcome local guests to a day-long opportunity that offers a multifaceted immersion in gardening in the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area.

The event, “A Feast for the Senses”, encompasses selected aspects of climate-appropriate gardens in the region.

Passionate gardeners understand and appreciate the multiple dimensions of gardening, ranging from science to aesthetics to personal enrichment. This event highlights topics particularly relevant to our region’s special gardening environment, providing an exceptionally valuable experience for local gardeners.

The full event schedule will take place from 2-7 p.m. on September 17, with an impressive gathering of planters sharing their in-depth knowledge of Central Coast gardening. Attendees will be free to choose from multiple concurrent sessions to relate the event to their individual interests.

Let’s take a closer look.

Walking tours

UCSC Arboretum Executive Director Martin Quigley will demonstrate the evolutionary expansion of Arb’s collections to include Chilean and North African climates, complementing its well-developed California, Australian and African collections.

Brett Hall, Director of California Native Plants at the Arboretum, will guide attendees through Arb’s 55-acre native plant program and discuss how its design reflects California’s diverse climate zones.


Professor Bruce Lyon of UCSC will present ‘Supporting Birds in Gardens and Landscapes’, a researcher’s perspective and advice on using a powerful camera lens to observe and photograph birds. birds in the garden.

Renowned landscape photographer Saxon Holt will recommend basic and advanced techniques for using your cell phone to capture the beauty of individual garden plants and landscapes in your garden.

Round table on plant breeding

A gathering of local vegans will share their plant-based recommendations and engage with event attendees. These charismatic experts include Luen Miller (Monterey Bay Nursery), Jeff Rosendale (Sierra Azul Nursery and Garden), John Greenlee (Greenlee & Associates, garden grass specialist), Renee Shepherd (Renee’s Garden, garden seed specialist), Janet Sluis (Sunset Western Garden), Rick Flores (Arb Horticulture Manager). and Melinda Kralj (curator of the Australian Rock Garden in Arb).

Network mixer

Later in the day, before dinner, the event includes an opportunity for guests and speakers to interact about Central Coast gardening and enjoy appetizers, wine and a signature aquatic coolness.

Farm-to-table dinner

South American chef Diego Felix will create an alfresco long-table dinner that combines a South American perspective with native plant foods. This five-course feast will feature local ingredients and regional wines, and connect core concepts of Central Coast gardening, food and culture.

This event provides unique experiences for Central Coast gardeners and supports the work of the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden and the Pacific Horticultural Society. To register for this opportunity, visit and click on “events”. To find out more about the Society’s other events, click on “regional tours”.

Enjoy your garden!

One more article

Last week’s column about Monterey Bay’s annual iris rhizome sale included beautiful images of iris blossoms but did not credit the photographer. MBIS member Riley Probst creates excellent iris photos exhibited locally, regionally and nationally, always including the plant’s name and breeder. Thanks for sharing your photos, Riley!

Reminder: The MBIS rhizome sale continues Saturday, August 13 (tomorrow!) and August 20 at the Aptos Farmer’s Market in the Cabrillo College parking lot. This is your once-a-year opportunity to add beautiful irises to your garden.

Tom Karwin is Past President of Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and the Monterey Bay Iris Society, Life Member of the Monterey Bay Area Cactus & Succulent Society, and UC Life Master Gardener (certified 1999-2009). He is now a board member of the Santa Cruz Hostel Society and active with the Pacific Horticultural Society. To see daily photos of her garden, For information on gardening coaching and an archive of previous On Gardening columns, visit

Terri S. Tomasini