Marin Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners



Garden talk series from U C Marin Master Gardeners

The U C Marin Master Gardeners will present three talks at the Landmarks Art & Garden Center on Wednesday mornings, Feb. 6, March 6 and April 3. No reservations are required and admission is free.  For more information, contact Faith Brown at 415-435-5320 or

About Succulents
Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Come and discover succulents and their culture. Learn about their growing habits, how to propagate and prune them, and see a demonstration of how to repot them. If you have questions about specific problems you’ve had with your succulents, bring a printed photo or iPad for discussion. This program will run 90 minutes to allow for hands-on work with the plants.

Speaker Gary Bartl, a UC Marin Master Gardener since 2001, has more than 25 years of gardening experience. Known as an “edu-tainer,” Gary has combined his passion for gardening and succulents with his professional work with severely emotionally disturbed youth. Gary was lead designer in the development of the succulent garden at the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael, which is now managed by Marin Master Gardeners.

Alliums: Unraveling the Mystery of Growing Garlic and Onions
Wednesday, March 6 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Shop in a market and you may find one or two kinds of garlic. Onion varieties are frequently just as limited. But if you grow your own alliums, you open the door to new flavors, shapes, colors, and culinary uses of these savory vegetables. Learn the best cultural practices for growing these cool-season gems in your garden and keep them for months.

Speakers Jenine Stilson and Laura Colvin became UC Marin Master Gardeners in 2014 and are both contributing writers for Backyard to Belly. Jenine grew up on her parents’ almond orchard in Yolo County and has been a life-long gardener of edible plants ever since. Co-leader of the Master Gardener Edibles Guild, she has presented talks at the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, as well as at various school gardens. Laura grew up in Novato in a family of gardeners and has continued their tradition of focusing on edibles. She is a member of the Master Gardener Pruning Guild and serves as a mentor in a school garden.

Container Vegetable Gardening
Wednesday, April 3 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Growing vegetables and herbs in containers is both challenging and rewarding. This talk will cover the challenges of variety selection, soil preparation, irrigation, pest management, and growing from seeds and starts. Learn how to assess your container site (deck, patio, walkway, window), your container sizes, and your access to sunlight and water in order to plan, establish, and enjoy a container vegetable garden for your apartment or condo.

Speaker Joe Jennings has been a UC Marin Master Gardener since 2012 and gives frequent talks throughout Marin. He grows vegetables year-round in his home garden.

Further information at: Master Gardeners.