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January 22, 2015
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Native Plantings Important
Nectar Source in Winter


The photo above is of Arctostaphylos manzanita flowers blooming now at the Gardens. Plants that flower in winter and early spring are an important source of nectar for beneficial bees and resident hummingbirds.

The manzanita photographed had bumblebees buzzing eagerly around the plant. Bumblebees help pollinate cool season crops and some ornamental shrubs in the garden. Keeping them healthy through winter ensures they will be around for later spring pollinating duties. They are particularly good for pollinating strawberries, blueberries, and tomatoes, among other plants.

If you have a wonderful summer hummingbird garden, but don't provide anything for these tiny jewels during colder seasons, hummingbirds often migrate away due to lack of adequate plant nourishment or feeders. Planting winter-blooming natives will help ensure your hummingbirds stay year-round.

GrevilleaThe Gardens' Nursery on the Plaza offers several native plant species that will help keep these beneficial creatures healthy in winter and early spring, including varieties of Arctostaphylos, Ceanothus, and Berberis.

In addition, the nursery offers other winter-blooming species, such as Grevillea, native to Australia, that will also help nourish your hummingbirds and bees, while offering vibrant winter color in your garden.

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Classes are $10 Members and Master Gardeners, $20 Non-Members (includes Gardens admission for the day). If there is a variation in the price, please make note in the description. 
Please reserve space for your preferred date by phoning 707 964-4352 ext. 16 or stopping by The Garden Store at MCBG, 18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437. 

Interacting with Insects Commonly Found in Coastal Gardens

with Jan O. Washburn, Ph.D.
Saturday, February 21
10:00am to 12:00noon
Gardens Meeting Room

Ever wondered about that green ladybug inhabiting your edibles , or which spider built that beautiful large web in your garden? Entomologist Jan O. Washburn, Ph.D., presents a colorful slideshow and informative talk about the insects commonly found in coastal gardens.
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The Agony and the Ecstasy of a Dream Come True – Creating a Stone Bridge and Waterfalls

with Judy & Bob Mathey
Saturday, March 7, 2015
10:00am to 11:00am
Gardens Meeting Room

FREE. Please reserve your spot.
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