March 21, 2023


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Home & Garden Digest – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Home & Garden Digest – Santa Cruz Sentinel


Santa Cruz Garden Exchange hosts July event

The Santa Cruz Garden Exchange is from 8-9 a.m. Saturday in the Live Oak Green Grange parking lot, 1900 17th Ave. Gardeners are encouraged to bring plants, seeds, divisions, cuttings, or any other living thing from their garden to give away to like-minded neighbors. One need not bring anything in order to receive and there is no selling. Attendees must wear face masks and adhere to social distancing rules. For more information email [email protected]


Santa Cruz Permaculture holds one day flash sale

On July 28, Santa Cruz Permaculture is offering a one day Flash sale for the Food Forests and Advanced Permaculture Design classes. Learn how to design and plant productive, resilient and site/climate appropriate orchards. Learn seasonal care of fruit trees and perennial vegetables as well as propagating and preserving the food that you harvest. Participants will also learn about organizations and events that offer active learning, free plant exchanges and annual fruit tastings. For more information and to register visit


Local gardening groups offer advice online

There are a few active online gardening groups that offer current advice and support. Santa Cruz Mountain Gardeners is a Facebook group centered in the San Lorenzo Valley whose members offer advice pertinent to growing gardens in the mountains. Search Facebook Groups for Santa Cruz Mountain Gardeners. Santa Cruz Garden Effort is a group sponsored by Santa Cruz Community Orchard mostly centered on advice for growing edible fruits and vegetables. Search Facebook groups for Santa Cruz Garden Effort. The Garden Club of Santa Cruz County is a private group for members only, however you can read their excellent monthly newsletter at The Santa Cruz Garden Exchange is a Facebook group where members can make private trades and offer advice. Search Facebook Groups for Santa Cruz Garden Exchange.


UC Master Gardeners has local information

The UC Master Gardeners of Santa Cruz and Monterey writes a monthly newsletter that contains seasonal tips. The July newsletter topics include What to Do in the Garden, Attracting Pollinators, Pest Spotlight, and Organizing a Neighborhood Plant Swap. To sign up to receive the newsletter, visit and click on “Sign up For Our Newsletter.”


Filoli Historic House and Garden is open

Filoli house and garden is open now and is showcasing a sculpture exhibit “Rich Soil” by San Francisco Artis Kristine Mays. On Thursday nights in the summer from 5-8 p.m. visitors may stroll the gardens and sip a beverage from the newly reopened bar. Visit to learn more about all Filoli offers, book tickets, and read blogs on summer fruit pruning, planting and maintaining your own Victory Garden.

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar or spotlight your organization email [email protected]