The 2008 California Master Gardener Conference
University of Digging Deeper – Lessons in Sustainability
California By Beatrice Etchison, MG & Stephanie Pocock
Cooperative Beatrice Etchison:
Extension Wow, what a place. So much to choose from, it boggles the mind. Riverside County was
represented well by Stephanie Pocock, Shelley Waldrop, Cindy Peterson, Pat Robertson and
My scenic inland drive up to Asilomar Conference Center, the
21150 Box Springs Rd site of the 2008 California Master Gardener Conference, with a
Moreno Valley different route back down along the coast was very enjoyable.
CA 92557-8781 The accommodations and meals were exquisite and the overall
conference was well organized to the last detail. The camarade-
rie of over 300 attendees, the beautiful warm weather, even at the
951.683.6491 Ext 228 beach, all made it so worth-
FAX 951.788.2615 while. It is not too early to
TDD 951.276.9539 start saving for the next one The beach was just one of the
Email: in 2011! many activities Beatrice
email@example.com Etchison and Stephanie Po-
The sessions I attended, 6 cock enjoyed at the Califor-
Things To Do in out of about 50 possibilities, nia Master Gardener Confer-
ence in Asilomar.
were presented in a palatable
format, and I added a little
Late fall is the best time to Conference attendees from l to r: Pat niche in my brain for all this valuable information, some
plant California natives and Robertson, Cindy Peterson, Shelly
other plants that thrive in our new, some revived, some entertaining.
Wardrop and Beatrice Etchison. Not
Mediterranean climate. pictured, Stephanie Pocock.
Many salvias can be planted What Happened and How to Cope was the title of my
now: S. clevelandii, S. patha- first session and some information is complimentary to
cea, S. apiana, and S. leuco- the Master Gardener Handbook. From the session, Diagnosing Plant Problems, I received
phylla are easy to grow here. a comprehensive Checklist handout which
Fall is an excellent time to is a very helpful resource. Color Theory
compost leaves and garden in the Garden was a delightful, entertain- In This Issue Page
clippings with grass. ing presentation by a physical therapist that 2008 MG Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Sow wildflower seeds so they provided meaning to the primary colors, Plant of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
will germinate in the winter secondary colors, and complimentary oppo- Pumpkins in the Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
rains. CA natives include: site colors in flowers and plants and their Stephanie’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Clarkia unguiculata, Esch- effects when changing colors. Rainbow Scorch Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
scholzia californica, Gilia capi- Gardening for Taste, Nutrition, and Rancho Santa Ana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
tata, Layia platyglossa, Lim- Beauty, says it all in its title, and present- Garden of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
nanthes douglasii, Lupinus ing the topic with slides and commentary Book Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
succnlentus, Nemophila men-
made for a meaningful presentation. Diag- Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 & 9
zieii, and Salvia columbariae.
nosing Disorders in Vegetables presented Veteran’s Class Schedule . . . . . . . . . . 10
(From 52 Weeks in the Cali-
fornia Garden, by Robert by a farm advisor from Salinas made a lot The Dutchman’s Pipe . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Smaus.) of sense. The information was overwhelm-
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Creek dogwood can be grown in Sunset zones A1 to
Plant of the Month A3, 1 to 9, and 14 to 21. With regular water it will do
CREEK DOGWOOD well in our inland area. It is not drought tolerant and
will like partial shade inland and can adapt to any soil.
by Donna Claypool, MG Creek dogwood eventually becomes a large spreading,
many-stemmed shrub, that grows rapidly and vigor-
Creek dogwood is a good garden choice; it is found ously. It can be propagated from seed, rooted layers, or
everywhere except in deserts and above 9000 feet. It is tip cutting.
colorful all year long, with beautiful white flowers in
spring, attrac- “The creek dogwood does not have bracts like other
tive white or dogwoods, but has small cream colored flowers with
blue berries in four petals in two to three inch wide clusters in the
late summer, spring. It spreads by creeping underground stems.
and red Unless controlled, it will grow into a thicket. It can
branches in grow to a maximum of fifteen feet tall. However, most
the win- shrubs will grow from seven to nine feet tall. The red
ter. Best of branches are whip-like with smooth stems.”
all is the fall
color of the The green, oval leaves are white underneath and are two
leaves. His- to three inches long. They turn bright red in the au-
torical note: this dogwood was among the plants that tumn. The fruit is a white drupe with a stone, which
Lewis and Clark collected in 1802 while on their fa- matures in late summer. Creek dogwood is generally
mous expedition. free of diseases and pests.
This is a plant of many names in many places: creek Creek dogwood is good as a border for lawns; it is also
dogwood, red-twig dogwood, kinnikinnik, red-osier good as a stabilizer for banks. In winter the wine red
dogwood, red dogwood, American dogwood, and Colo- stems stand out against light-colored walls. The
rado dogwood. Creek dogwood is in the family Corna- branches are attractive when used in winter floral bou-
ceae. There are six species of Cornus that are native to quets.
California, two of them are closely related; Cornus
sericea and C. stolonifera. They are cross-referenced It requires little maintenance except for pruning in the
in a couple of texts. I am sure that there is some differ- dormant season to control size. The new growth will be
ence between the two, but the descriptions, common a brighter stem color than the old branches. Some Na-
names, and uses are the same. Another similar species tive Americans use the stems for making baskets. Birds
is C. occidentalist. There are many cultivars, notably are attracted to the fruits.
‘Stinson Beach’, which has purple-red stems.
MG Conference Continued... people who share your interests and talking with other
(Continued from page 1) nators
ing, but then again, it was timely and one cannot get a n d
enough information when dabbling in the garden every volun-
day. Garden (landscape) Design reminded me of the teers was
many aspects to look for when redesigning my small i n -
front lot. Some of the words like invent, think big, valuable;
simplicity, depth, theme, Yes-list No-list, left an im- there is
pression on me. Sadly it was the last session of the much to
day, but oh how entertaining it was. b e
Stephanie Pocock: through
I attended all of the Coordinator track presentations, t h e
and while I enjoyed the presentations which included These beautiful baskets were created by MG
sharing of Pauline Pedigo and raffled off to raise funds at
‘Policy Updates’, ‘Best Practices for Working with t h o u g h t s the MG Conference.
Volunteers’, and ‘Getting the most from Group and ideas.
Dynamics’, I wish I had taken some of the gardening Something I found myself explaining was how big our
sessions. Live and learn! One of the benefits of county really is and one thing confirmed was that we are
attending any conference is the chance to meet with all so similar. Photos by Pat Robertson, MG
Garden Views November 2008 page 3
and runners, or secondary vines will proliferate along
Pumpkins in the Garden the main vine. These should be encouraged, but limit
By Jeri Kuoppamaki MG their length or they could become too long and not
enough nutrients will get to the pumpkins further along
From carved Halloween pumpkins to the traditional the vine.
pumpkin pie, pumpkins have had a popular following
since the first Thanksgiving. Now pumpkins are used in Along with proper pruning, it is important to train the
soups, delicious cookies and nut breads, cheese cake,
pies, ice cream, vegetable dishes, drinks, seeds, oils,
animal feed, and who knows what else. Pumpkins are
here to stay, and are becoming increasingly popular all
over the world.
Since I mentioned Halloween pumpkins, an interesting
tidbit of information is that Halloween wasn’t always
synonymous with these large orange gourds. The cus-
tom used to be to make a lantern out of a turnip or
swede. However, when the Irish came to America,
there was a distinct lack of such things, so they substi-
tuted pumpkins instead. And even more interesting,
according to ancient Celtic tradition, the carved face
and a burning light placed inside was used to welcome vines to grow out and away from the main vine and from
home the spirits of ancestors. the fruit. Avoid crossing the runners or letting the fruit
grow on top of them. Tertiary vines grow off the secon-
The pumpkin is a gourd-like squash of the genus Cu- dary vines, and should be pruned vigorously to promote
curbitaceae. The word pumpkin originates from the fruit growth verses plant growth. Trimming a vine is
word pepon, which is Greek for “large melon”. The best done by burying the cut end under a shovel of soil.
French adapted this word to pompon, which the British It will minimize moisture loss and the possibility of dis-
changed to pompion, and the American colonists ease entering. Fertilize with more potassium and less
changed that to the word commonly used today, nitrogen to further encourage the growth of fruit instead
“pumpkin”. of vines and leaves.
Secondary roots can grow on the vine at the base of each
Pumpkins generally weigh 9-18 pounds, with some leaf stem. Encourage this as much as possible. The
varieties having miniature versions, and others reaching secondary roots can add enormous weight to your fruit.
giant and even gargantuan They also help anchor the plant in the ground. How-
sizes. The pumpkin varieties ever, keep secondary roots from growing near the fruit,
can also vary greatly in as this causes the vine to be anchored to the ground and
shape, ranging from oblate unable to move with the growth of the pumpkin.
through oblong. The rind is
smooth and usually lightly Although we encourage organic gardening with minimal
ribbed. Although pumpkins use of chemical dusts, and sprays, sometimes it is neces-
are usually orange or yellow, sary to use chemicals with pumpkins. Common insect
some fruits are dark green, and bug problems include the Cucumber Beetle and
pale green, white, red, and other beetle varieties, snails and slugs, vine borers, and
gray. the Squash Bug. In addition, there are diseases that can
quickly destroy your pumpkin plants. Powdery Mildew,
Pumpkins are monoecious, a fungal infestation, and Bacterial Wilt are the two main
which means the plants have diseases that you may have to protect against. One good
both male and female flow- rule is to water only in the morning or during the day
ers. Honey bees play a significant role in fertilization. when the sun will quickly dry the leaves. Better yet,
Inadequately pollinated pumpkins usually start grow- apply water only to the roots and vines. A soaker hose,
ing, but abort before full development. facing down, is effective. But to be on the safe side,
apply sprays or dusts to control diseases before they get
Pumpkins are a warm-weather crop, usually planted in started. If you do sustain damage from disease, remove
early July. The soil should be at least 60 degrees Fahr- the diseased plant from the garden, and do not compost;
enheit within the first 3 inches, and be able to hold wa- toss out in the trash.
ter well. Use garden soil mixed with composted materi-
als, and keep it moist. The pumpkins grow on vines (Continued on page 5)
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UCCE Riverside County MASTER GARDENERS Volunteer Hours
Advisory Board Members and Coordinators I have been inputting MG volunteer hours
July 2007 - June 2008 to more accurately reflect the time and en-
ergy you have given to the program. We had
Eta Takele UCCE Riverside County only 24,000 total hours recorded before I
Director 951.683.6491, ext. 243 started digging through the stacks of volun-
J. Michael Henry Environmental Horticulture Advisor
teer hours forms. What I have discovered is
951.683.6491, ext. 222
email@example.com that the Master Gardeners of Riverside
Stephanie Pocock Volunteer Services Coordinator County have contributed more than 51,000
951.683.6491 x230 hours since 1985 and I still have more to en-
Congratulations, give yourself a pat on the
Advisory Board Members back! We can’t stop there, let’s set a goal of
Beatrice Etchison Chair 951.784.1880 100,000 by 2010. Are you up to it? Do you
Walt Bieszczad Chair Elect 951.940.0842 see how important it is to record your hours?
Patti Bonawitz Secretary 951.354.4230
Elaine Byrd Fiscal Officer 951.735.6329 MG Website
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start or contribute to a discussion, add a rec-
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Seventy-one of you have returned your
The Garden Views newsletter is published monthly, September reappointment papers. If you have not re-
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Xylella Fastidiosa, a scorch primary vector is the Glassy winged sharpshooter,
Homalodisca coagulate, (GWSS) a non host specific
disease in Liquidambars insect feeding in xylem (water carrying tissues). Due to
By Susan Sims, MG the unlimited hosts that this insect feeds on carrying the
disease with it we find incidence of Xylella in many
Have you noticed the large quantity of sick Liquid- hosts.
ambars in the Inland Empire? Liquidambars are the
hardest hit Southern California tree so far suffering Parasites have been released and some of our native
from the predators have found GWSS to be a food source. How-
bacterial ever populations can be found in many locations high
disease Xy- enough to severely stress trees just by their feeding. The
lella fas- GWSS is a large, boat shaped insect, aware of your pres-
tidiosa. Ol- ence. When you approach it will move to the side of the
ives and stem away from you. Since this insect feeds on the Xy-
deciduous lem it must process large amounts of nutrient weak xy-
fruit trees lem fluids to satisfy its needs. The excess fluids are re-
are also im- leased falling from the tree like rain in heavily infested
pacted heav- trees. The released fluids are dry whitish when found on
ily. leaves beneath feeding. The favored host for egg laying
is citrus leaves.
Homalodisca coagulata, the glassy- The disease
winged sharpshooter, a major vector expression in Sims has performed trials on Olive trees infected by Xy-
of Xylella fastidiosa. Liquidambars lella. So far we’ve had very good results. Currently
may vary; as Sims has Liquidambar trials underway in the city of La
the bacteria infest the xylem tissue (water transport sys- Mirada. Our trials compare differing rates and timing of
tem) water flow is restricted. On hot or dry days insuffi- bactericides, growth regulators, beneficial organisms, and
cient water reaches the leaves, causing leaf scorch, die- gypsum. Disease severity is a consideration in our deci-
back of stems, branches, and limbs. sion to treat or not. Our findings will be published when
the trials are completed.
Plant species and varieties vary greatly in their suscepti-
bility to the pathogen. Predisposition such as poor con- Susan Sims, Sims Tree Health Specialists (951) 685-
dition is suspected as a major factor in marginal hosts 6662, FAX (951) 685-2267 or E-Mail Tree-
becoming infected. In olives a direct relationship seems RX@Simstlc.com
to exist between incidence of disease and heavy pruning
or relocation. Pumpkins in the Garden continued...
I believe liquidambars are very susceptible because they (Continued from page 3)
prefer a less alkaline soil, with a maximum pH of 7, Just as Charlie Brown sought the Great Pumpkin in the
deep loamy soils, well mulched, and are best in cool to pumpkin patch, people have pursued the art of cultivat-
mild climates. The Inland Empire is not ideal. Before ing pumpkins of gargantuan sizes. 460 pounds held the
Xylella appeared we often identified Liquidambars suf- world record for the largest pumpkin until 1981 when
fering from iron chlorosis caused by iron tie up from Howard Dill of Nova Scotia broke the record with a
high pH. pumpkin near 500 pounds. Dill patented the seeds and
called them Dill’s Atlantic Giant seeds, drawing grow-
I have been involved in the detection of Xylella fas- ers from around the world. Dill is accredited for all of
tidiosa in Southern California since it was identified in the giant pumpkins today, most of which were devel-
Rancho Mirage, September 1995. This disease has oped from crossing and re-crossing his patented seed
been present in California before. In 1892 more than with other varieties. By 1994, the Giant Pumpkin
50,000 acres of grapes were lost in Orange County to crossed the 1,000
“Anaheim’s” disease, today known as “Pierce’s dis- pound mark. Then,
ease”. The central valley suffered losses in the past to in 2007, Joe Jutras of
“Almond scorch”. The end of the 1990’s found Olean- Rhode Island grew a
der leaf scorch destroying untold quantities of olean- whopping 1,689
ders. pound cream-colored
pumpkin. That is
In the past Xylella was limited to a crop because the quite a challenge to
vector carrying the disease was host specific. Today the match!
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know only too well that native soil therefore is unique to
Rancho Santa Ana Gardens specific areas because of the many different kinds of
alluvial deposits layered over eons. The third area of the
Feature Native Plants gardens is dedicated to plant communities. A few of the
By Beverley Scray, MG many specimens in this area are a grove of four-needled
pinyon pine, California flannel bush and a Madrone tree.
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens are unique
among the arboretums and botanic gardens in Southern The Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens actually
California. You will find only native plants in this gar- started in Santa Ana in 1927 by Susanna Bixby Bryant.
den. The Huntington, Quail, and the LA Arboretum In 1951 the gardens were moved to Claremont as part of
could be called international gardens since they have the Claremont Colleges. Besides spending a wonderful
gardens day in these gardens as a visitor, I learned that there is a
devoted lot of behind the scenes research and outreach to the big-
to sev- ger world taking place in the garden’s preservation de-
eral con- partments. For example, the extensive Seed Program
tinents here works with national and international agencies to
around preserve and store seed collections. On site are -18 de-
t h e gree Celsius freezers for this purpose. These gardens
world in also work with California’s Department of Fish and
t h e i r Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to house
Mediter- germplasm collections, that is, genes of rare, threatened,
ranean and endangered native plant species. Other preservation
gardens. activities of the gardens include their living collections
B o t h of critically endangered and sometimes extinct in the
O l d wilds species, some of which have been sent to the Royal
World Botanic Gardens, Kew in England to be grown and hand
RSABG plant community area (B. Eisenstein) and New pollinated for the Millennium Seed Bank.
cacti each have their separate gardens at the Quail. The As is the case with other wonderful botanical gardens of
Rancho Santa Botanic Gardens, however, have a very Southern California, the Rancho Santa Ana community
big job with displaying native California plants since activities for visitors, members, and volunteers include
we have over 6,000 kinds of plants growing within our seasonal garden walks, musical evenings, outdoor art
state. This is the largest number of plants when com- exhibits, and a spring and fall plant sale. During my visit
pared to any other specific area of North America. to their gift shop I found a clever package of kitchen
magnets featuring plants and animals and small statues
The Rancho Santa Ana Gardens share a mountain range of backyard birds that would make great stocking stuff-
with the LA Arboretum. Both are nestled up against ers for grandkids.
the San Gabriel Mountains. On an out wash plain of
the San Gabriels, the Rancho Santa Ana gardens have I visited the gardens last spring on a cold and damp day.
been laid out in three distinct areas. The first is the Once I paid a very reasonable entrance fee, I found my-
Indian Hill Mesa, which has dense clay soil and is self walking right into what looked like a forest. The
planted with mature cultivars of wild lilacs and manza- gloom of the day was lifted by the beauty of the many
nita. Several nature trails, a home demonstration gar- manzanita and native grasses there. Every plant seemed
den, and a woodland area along the banks of a stream to have realized it was spring and the flowering of so
are also located on the mesa. A native palm cluster, many varieties was spectacular. The smaller plants
desert garden, coastal dune natives and Channel Island seemed to be in the protective shadow of the larger spe-
native plants are found in the second area and the most cies. I particularly appreciated to extensive labeling of
often visited section called the East Alluvian Gardens. so many of the plants. The explanations on some of the
Of course, I had to reread the chapter on soil in our labels added more information than I expected. As with
Master Gardener Handbook to get a better picture of most other botanical gardens, I saw only a small portion
just what alluvial soil is. The chapter talks about of the three distinct areas, in fact I am sure I saw only
“fertile alluvial soils formed from periodic flooding by part of the Indian Hill Mesa area. Return visits to this
mountain streams and the accompanying deposits of garden will be fun and easy to get to as well.
materials.” Reading on, I found a description of gray
colored soil” ...formed from “granitic alluvium flows.” The Rancho Santa Ana Gardens are located at 1500
The Webster Dictionary defines alluvial soil as North College Avenue, Claremont, Ca,91711. The web-
“deposits of clay, sand, silt, rock, and other like materi- site is www.rsabg.org.
als deposited by running water.” As home gardeners we
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Garden of the Month have to cut a single tree if it was not absolutely neces-
sary in his designs.
-Victoria’s Great Secret Garden
By Nancy Cullen, MG Inside the vine covered castle, most rooms have heavily
paneled walls and parquet floors in exotic woods, stone
When you mention Victoria, British Columbia everyone fireplaces, and Morris &
seems to ask…Are you going to visit “The Gardens”? Co. stain-glass windows.
They are of course speaking of Butchart Gardens. But a The windows’ simple
garden loving tourist has another great garden to add to designs always show-
the BC itinerary. On the southern end of Vancouver cased the magnificent
Island just 20 minutes from Victoria lies Hatley Park. ivy and 90-year old wis-
Like Butchart Gardens it has been a spectacular estate teria growing outside
for over 100 years. them. James Dunsmuir
once said, “Money does-
Tucked away from the main highway, behind acres of n’t matter, just build what I want”.
lush forest lies a glimpse of old Europe and images
found in a children’s storybook. This mature property By 1912, the Dunsmuirs hired Boston, Mass. landscape
architects Franklin Brett and George D. Hall, students of
Frederick Law Olmstead, to develop the extensive site.
Their classic Edwardian design incorporates nine formal
garden “rooms” near the castle. These formal areas in-
clude a rose garden featuring over 200 rose varieties,
Japanese garden and ponds, Italian garden with stone
loggia, and croquet court. Further out from the castle,
the property extends to agricultural areas, recreational
areas with trails then into ancient forest spaces with first
and second growth Douglas fir and western red cedar.
The Dunsmuirs kept 100 gardeners and groundskeepers
working. Presently, about 50 full-time employees main-
tain the gardens.
complete with a castle overlooks the Esquimalt Lagoon After the Dunsmuir children no longer lived at the castle
and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Moun- it was purchased by the government to become a naval
tains in Washington. The 565 acres originally known as training facility, then a military academy and today is
Hatley Park Farm was bought by the wealthy B.C. known as Royal Roads
Lieutenant Governor James Dunsmuir to be his family University. Hatley Park
home in 1906. is mostly known today
for the castle made fa-
Dunsmuir commissioned Samuel Maclure, Victoria’s mous in movies and tele-
leading Arts and Crafts architect to design a 15th cen- vision. Most notably,
tury reproduction Edwardian castle on the site. The 40- the manor house stars as
room castle boasting 22 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 6 liv- the “Xavier School for
ing rooms, a billiard room, and ballroom was completed the Gifted” in the X-Men
in 1908. In addition to his architectural success, movies and as Lex Luthor’s mansion on Smallville.
Maclure became a leader in garden design, civic beauti-
fication, and tree conservation. Influenced by the natu- Hatley Park, despite its primary functions as a univer-
ral gardens of sity, has remained as majestic and magical as it was 100
Gertrude Jekyll and years ago. The park is available for banquets, weddings,
Thomas Mawson, croquet, Whodunit dinners and GPS adventures. Visi-
his designs ex- tors have acres to explore, a wonderful museum and gift
pressed the concept shop. The castle is open for guided tours only, $18.00
of the garden being Canadian including garden admittance. Hours 10am-
an extension of the 5pm. For details, pictures, and other Vancouver Island
living space. information visit these websites:
Maclure was also www.hatleypark.ca
known to go to www.VancouverIslandGardenTrail.com
great lengths to not www.thecastle.ca
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BOOK REVIEW erence that can help every gardener choose, from almost
100 species, the ones that are best suited for their par-
The New Book of Salvias – Sages for Every Garden ticular garden style and micro climate.
By Yvonne Hemenway, MG
Betsy Clebsch loves salvias. This fact is hard to miss
when you peruse her extremely comprehensive book on In these times of fashionable rages
the genus Salvia. Betsy describes Let us honor enduring sages.
each species including their na- Known to cure, to mend, to ease,
tive habitat, cultural practices, Companions to cooks; splendid teas.
suggestions for companion plant- Hundreds of species our world adorn,
ings and a color photograph. She Richly diverse in flower and form.
also provides several useful lists Hail to Salvia, that scented salvation,
such as: where to buy salvias”, Worthy of study and our admiration.
flowering guide by season, geo-
graphic origin of species, cold -Andy Doty
tolerance and shade tolerance
guides, salvias with especially Editors note: The title of the first issue is A Book of Sal-
handsome foliage, etc. vias- Sages for Every Garden, 1997. Portland, Oregon:
Timber Press. The second edition is called The New
Many species of Salvia thrive in our Southern California Book of Salvias, Sages for Every Garden, 2003. Port-
climate and they have become a popular garden peren- land, Oregon: Timber Press. You can find either one
nial. Betsy Clebsch’ Book of Salvias is a wonderful ref- online.
MASTER GARDENER CALENDAR - November
The Advisory Board meets once per month, on the second Wednesday at 6:30 pm, at the UC Cooperative Extension
office, 21150 Box Springs Road, Moreno Valley. The next meeting will be November 12. Everyone is welcome to at-
See page 10 for the schedule of Veterans Classes.
Garden Views Staff Meeting - Monday, November 3, at 7:00 pm at the home of Jeri Kuoppamaki, 2830 Anna St., Riv-
erside. Call Jeri at 951.683.8559
ONGOING- The UCR Botanic Garden welcomes any Master Gardener volunteers who want to work with Garden staff
Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 4:00 pm. Please check in at the office for assignments.
Ongoing – NEW, NEW, NEW Jurupa Mountain Cultural Center (JMCC), 7621 Granite Hill Drive, Riverside Cali-
fornia 92509, 951.685.5818. Needs all MGs who will be on the “cutting edge” of this new outstanding propagation
program. Our greenhouse is already brimming with seed plantings. Volunteers needed throughout the week and on Sat-
urdays. Contact Bruce Reynolds at email@example.com or Stephanie Pocock at 951.683.6491 x 230 or sapo-
Ongoing - EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT! In addition to our JMCC local propagation and fund raising
program project, Riverside County MGs have been selected to participate in a State - wide experimental venture, “All
Stars Natives” AKA “ CA 100.” In cooperation with UC Davis Botanic garden, we are one of only three State sites
tasked to go forth and multiply CA with “little ones that are drought tolerant.” We receive our “pink and blue” slips
from UCD this month. To help nurture these babies, MGs needed. Envision an “Adopt a Baby Plant” competition. We
will be recording all the vitals of these new darlings over a long time period. Proud “parent” volunteers will compete to
create MENSA - level drought tolerant and beautiful horticulture for the coming decades. Although there may be no
stork involved, we get a bird’s eye view of the future. Contact Bruce Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephanie Po-
cock at 951.683.6491 x 230 or email@example.com
Garden Views November 2008 page 9
November 14, 15, & 16, Lake Elsinore Home and Garden Show. Diamond Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake
Elsinore. Master Gardener table volunteers needed.
November 15 - 9 am to 11 am, Victoria Avenue Forever: Tree Planting, Meet at Victoria Avenue between Stew-
art and Boundary Streets. Suggest you park on Boundary. Please bring a shovel, gloves, good humor, and a smile.
Rain or shine!!!
Phone Squad: Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12 noon. Call Phone Squad Coordinator Pauline
Pedigo to volunteer, 951.689.7419.
GARDENING EVENTS AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
The IPM Kiosk is in the Nature Lab at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum until November 15. Call the Museum
for hours, 951.826.5273.
HUNTINGTON BOTANIC GARDEN -
November 8, 10 am–noon. Cooking with Sage Gail Herndon. Hands-on cooking
class. firstname.lastname@example.org by email or visit http://www.huntington.org
November 13, 2:30 pm. Garden Talk & Sale: From the Wild to Your Garden. A
plant sale in the nursery will follow the talk
November 16, 2 pm. Rose Garden Centennial Lecture, Danielle Hahn.
November 8, 9 & 11, 8:00 am-2:00 pm. MALOOFF GARDEN EVENT Fall planting and pruning and brown bag
seminars. Free. For more information contact Evelyn Brown at 909.980.0412 or email@example.com
FALL PLANT SALES
November 1 & 2- RANCHO SANTA ANA BOTANIC GARDEN FALL PLANT SALE. Featuring thousands of native
California plants. Saturday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Members’ Preview: 8:00 am – 11:00 am, memberships avail-
able at the door) and Sunday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. 1500 N. College Avenue, Claremont, 909.625.8767, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.rsabg.org.
November 15, 9 am - 3 pm. NATIVE PLANT SALE by the local chapter of California Native Plant Society at the
Riverside Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Ave-
PROGRAMS Mark Your Calendars
Sponsored by Riverside County Waste Management De- International
partment. Visit their website at www.rivcowm.org or call
951.486.3200 for detailed information about the Compost-
ing Workshop program.
Nov. 15, 10 am, Palm Springs, Police Training Center,
200 South Civic Drive.
Workshops are free. Composting units available to River-
side County residents for $35. Visit www.rivcowm.org for "New Frontiers" in
horticulture and gardening
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
March 22 - 26, 2009
January 29, 2009, State of the Santa
Ana Watershed Conference, Ontario Las Vegas, Nevada
Convention Center. Co-hosted by
Santa Ana Watershed Project Au- www.unce.unr.edu/imgc
thority, and Master Gardeners. Mark
your calendars now- details in next
Veteran’s Classes in November
Veteran's Classes are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month
Moreno Valley, CA 92557
from 7 pm - 9 pm at the UC Cooperative Extensioin office at 21150 Box
Springs Road, Suite 202, Moreno Valley.
21150 Box Springs Rd. Ste 202
November 5, 2008- Speaker: Dusty Ferguson
U.C. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
PENALTY FOR PRIVATE USE $300
Topic: Public Speaking
November 19, 2008 - Speaker: Buck Heming-
Topic: South African Adventure
The Dutchman’s Pipe
By Darlene A. Alari, MG
The Dutchman’s Pipe is a very unusual plant. One of the things that make it
so unusual is its color and shape. It is also known for secreting an odor de-
scribed as foul. The stenches odor is so bad it draws flies to it. There are
some Dutchman plants that smell of lemons and of course those are the most
desirable. The plant blooms often and is more commonly seen as a vine
plant. There are others that grow as a tall bush or shrub. In any case, this
plant is beautiful with its dark maroon color body flecked with cream color
spots and a center in deep yellow.
In some areas the lemon scented plant draws butterflies (Polydamas), which
will lay their eggs and fill the vine with colorful butterflies as they come
alive and take flight.
At a recent visit to the UCR Botanic Gar-
dens I saw this flower dried and spread out
on top of a copy machine. It was very large
and lovely. It is categorized as a tropical
and is found across the United States.
As you can see in the lower right of this
photo the flower uncurls itself open much
like the Calla Lilly as it opens. I am al-
ways looking for that something unusual, this certainly qualifies.