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Improve Your Ornamental and Edible Plant Gardening

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Sept. 24, 2010

Shabby ornamentals? Fruitless fruit? Barren bulbs? Fret no more. Local residents can get the latest dirt to learn how to make their gardens burst into bloom when San Diego County Master Gardeners hold their fall seminar, “The Informed Gardener,” Oct. 2.

People who would like to attend the event, which will feature three sessions and nine classes, should mail in registration forms postmarked no later than Monday, Sept. 27. Registrations are $15 to $20 per class and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. At-the-door registration will be allowed on Oct. 2 for classes that remain open. The seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Marina Village Conference Center, located at 1936 Quivira Way in San Diego, and is sponsored by the Master Gardener Association of San Diego and the University of California Cooperative Extension. The seminar’s goal is simple: give backyard and landscape enthusiasts the practical information to improve their gardening for ornamental and edible plants.

Guest lecturers will include Chef Ron Oliver of the award-winning Marine Room in La Jolla, who will teach how to create a great cuisine from a backyard garden; and landscape designer Amelia B. Lima, who will talk about Roberto Burle Marx, the famous Brazilian landscape architect, whom the American Institute of Architects honored as “the real creator of the modern garden” in 1965.
Other classes include:

• Turning garden “trash” into treasured holiday floral designs.
• Growing edible fungi in the garden.
• Planting and growing bulbs the easy way.
• The real “dirt” on our soils and how to improve them.

The Master Gardener Association will also sponsor a small plant sale outside the seminar classrooms.

To get more information about the seminar, the schedule and classes, how to register and copies of the registration form, please visit: For additional questions about the seminar or gardening problems, call the Master Gardener hotline weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at (858) 694-2860.