Educational Classes & Events
All programs listed below are held at the Kohl Pumphouse in San Mateo Central Park.
Enter at 9th & Palm Avenues, follow path to iron dog statue. Go through white gates to the left of the statue, and the Pumphouse is behind the Victorian fountain.
Nursery/Greenhouse* Plant Sales
*Become an SMAS member and receive a 10% discount in addition to supporting San Mateo Central Park.
Sunday, March 4th
CREATIVE & FUNCTIONAL BIRDHOUSES - with Meg Milani
Nonmember: $35 per birdhouse
In this hands-on workshop, you will decorate a birdhouse, while learning about our local birds that may choose to make it their new home. Information will be available for you to enter your creation in the upcoming San Mateo County Fair. Register online or call 650-579-0536 x3.
Master Gardener Plant Clinic
The Master Gardeners are available to answer your questions from general information to advice about specific problems. You may bring samples of your plants for better diagnosis. Use a Ziploc or similar bag to carry your sample. If you suspect insect damage, try to include some of the insects so they can be correctly identified. http://ucanr.org/sites/MGsSMSF/
VERTICAL GARDENS USING SUCCULENTS - with Zana Lugo
Learn all about vertical gardening. How to make and care for your vertical garden, what plants work best, different vertical gardens shapes and sizes, and seasonal gardening ideas. Zana will bring a selection of plants and various types of vertical garden frames for purchase. Wood frames in the shape of heart or letters are really popular. www.peaceloveplant.com
Zana Lugo is the owner of Peace Love Plant. She sells unique and rare succulents and succulent arrangements. You can see her work at various businesses around San Mateo and Burlingame. She sells her creations at various Farmer's Markets and Street Festivals through out the year. "I love working with succulents, every plant and arrangement is a living piece of art." Sharing the beauty of gardening and the unique qualities of succulents is her passion.
SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS - 2018
Sunday, April 8th
THE BEAUTY OF BEES - with local beekeeper Elizabeth Newell
You can bring the benefit of bees into your garden and life without becoming a beekeeper! This class goes beyond honey and pollination to explore how bees can adorn and enrich your outdoor experiences.
Bees come in a surprising and brilliant variety of forms and lead lives that inspire and entertain. Learn about some of the amazing and beautiful bee species to be found in our area, how to attract them, and explore new ways to appreciate and enjoy the biology and beauty of these fascinating garden visitors.
A class for the Renaissance person looking for a new intellectual and aesthetic connection to the world of bees. Think you don't like bees? Elizabeth will have you seeing them in a new light.
Sunday , April 15th
SPRING FAIRY GARDEN WORKSHOP - with Carrie Ewing
Nonmembers: $40 per garden
Let's celebrate springtime by creating a fairy container garden. We provide a basic clay container, 3 small live plants, pathways and naturals to build clothes lines, fairy beds or chairs. If you have a favorite 8 inch wide container or even a basket, bring it. Fairy dust a must to attract the wee folks. Extras can be purchased. Register online or call 650-579-0536 x3.
Sunday, April 22nd
HELP PRUNE CENTRAL PARK'S CAMELLIAS - with the Camellia Society
SF Peninsula Camellia Society experts will teach you how to shape your Camellia bushes to encourage beautiful profuse flowering with pruning and proper care. After instruction, you will have the opportunity to learn by pruning SM Central Park’s Camellias. Bring pruning shears and gloves. FREE, but please preregister or call 650-579-0536 x3.
Saturday, May 5th
40TH HILLSBOROUGH/SAN MATEO GARDEN TOUR
Sunday, May 20th
CREATING SACRED SPACE IN THE GARDEN with Arete Nicholas
1:00 - 2:30pm
The human need to create a quiet, peaceful place in the garden for contemplation, reflection, writing or meditation is as old as the garden itself and is exemplified both in literature and history. Early civilizations designated certain areas in gardens as sanctuaries or protected space and bounded them with markers, fences and walls.
Arete will discuss how to locate the ideal spot(s) in your garden and then how to enhance that special area by adding plantings and other elements and symbols that will appeal to all the senses. She will also share some of her garden design approaches to honoring the sacred in our everyday lives. She will also discuss how to make your protected space deeply personal and significant to you.
You will leave this seminar with a double shot of ideas and enthusiasm for creating a new sacred space or perhaps renewing an old one!
Sunday, June 3rd
GETTING STARTED WITH BACKYARD CHICKENS - with Chris Montenegro & Elizabeth Tun Zan
Are you interested in having a daily supply of fresh, organic eggs from your own flock hens? In this introductory class, local urban chicken farmers from San Mateo will share with you valuable insights on how to start your own flock and create a happy home for your hens to thrive.
Sunday, June 10th
PAINTED GARDEN ROCKS - with Carrie Ewing
Saturday, June 16th or 23rd
ROSE GARDEN VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Training consists of an introduction and lecture followed by hands on training in the Rose Garden. At completion, you will be given a green vest that will identify you as a Rose Garden Volunteer. You will then be able to work in the garden at your convenience provided you wear your vest. We ask that you commit to volunteering a minimum of 4 hours/month. You must be a member of the San Mateo Arboretum Society. You may join on June 16 or at www.SanMateoArboretum.org. Bring garden clippers & gloves. Register online at: www.sanmateoarboretum.org/classes--events.html or contact: email@example.com or call 650-574-1677 (H).
Sunday, July 1st
ORCHIDS 101: HOW NOT TO KILL THEM with Dennis Olivis
Sunday, August 5th
NEW IDEAS FOR TERRARIUMS with Carrie Ewing
Sunday, September 9th
FANTASTIC BULBS - with Bill the Bulb Baron
Sunday October 7th
Sunday, October 14th
SUCCULENT TOPPED PUMPKINS - with Carrie Ewing
Nonmembers: $35 per pumpkin
Celebrate the Fall Season by creating a succulent topped pumpkin centerpiece. You bring a 6-8 inch wide uncarved pumpkin with stem on and we will supply instruction, a variety of succulents and other natural materials, glue supplies and accessories you will need to create a beautiful fall decoration. Register online or call 650-579-0536 x3.
Sunday, November 4th
Sunday, December 2nd
11:00 - 12:15pm
Nonmembers: $35 per wreath
Greens, frame and ribbon will be supplied. Bring your imagination, pruning shears & gloves. By using colorful greens and cuttings from San Mateo Central Park, you will be able to create a one-of-a-kind beautiful wreath. This is a family activity appropriate for all ages. Register online or call 650-579-0536 x3