Placer County Master Gardeners

Tour makes most of spring’s flowering palette

Planning the annual Mother’s Day garden tour is a year-round quest for Placer County Master Gardeners Kortne Phillips and Cooki Vonasek. “We’re always asking gardeners wherev ...

Pruning, roses, insects take stage at Loomis gathering

Now it its fourth year, the Gardeners Gathering brings together 125 enthusiasts for a day of talks and discussions on a variety of green thumb topics. Sponsored by the Placer Count ...

Something for every mom

Oops, Sunday is Mother’s Day and you totally forgot. Poor mom. But, wait, have no fear — we have some last-minute ideas for fun times you and your mom can share this weekend. ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Prune apricot trees before rainy season to avoid fungal infection

Question: Whole branches of my apricot tree have suddenly wilted and appear to be dying. They are getting the same amount of water I’ve always given them and there doesn’t appe ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Fruit trees need period of cold for better yield

Question: What are the chilling requirements for my cherry tree? Answer: Deciduous trees, which include fruit trees, begin a period of dormancy when daylight hours decrease in the ...

March program puts experts on stage

When the Placer County Master Gardeners decided to have a day of workshops last year — A Gardeners’ Gathering — the response exceeded their expectations. “We weren’t su ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Traps are most effective way to control moles

Question: Help! My once lovely yard looks like a minefield with small raised mounds of exposed dirt and raised rows (underground tunnels?) of grass that collapse or sink when you ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Choose Copper Canyon daisies for brilliant color this time of year

Question: Last week I drove by a rooftop garden with billows of beautiful yellow daisy-like flowers falling over the top. Not only was I amazed that someone was growing plants on t ...

Meet the Gardener - She has a trained eye for crowd-pleasing sites

Putting together the Placer County Master Gardeners’ Mother’s Day tour is a labor of love for Kortne Phillips of Auburn. The annual tour has been around 23 years and Phillips a ...