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, January 7th
ROSE PRUNING SYMPOSIUM
SMAS rose experts, Norma Bennett & Rex Castell will teach you how to shape your rose bushes to encourage beautiful profuse flowering with winter pruning and proper care. This is a hands on program in which you will have the opportunity to prune a container rose.. Bring pruning shears and gloves. Reservations are required. Register online or call 650-579-0536 x3.
Saturday, January 13th
HELP PRUNE CENTRAL PARK'S ROSE GARDEN
Come to learn or share your expertise on how to prune roses. Heavy rain cancels. This is a free event in which you will contribute to the beautification of San Mateo’s beloved rose garden. No experience is necessary. Volunteers from the San Mateo Arboretum Society will be on hand to instruct beginners. There will be light refreshments. Dress warmly and bring pruning shears and gloves. Reservations are not required.
SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS - 2018
SATURDAY, February 10th
HANDMADE PAPER WITH BOTANICALS
Using recycled paper with flower seeds, petals and leaves we provide, join us in the fun ancient craft of handmade paper making with botanicals. Your unique creation of craft papers can be finished at home once dried for decorations and art projects like cards or plantable seed paper hearts. Examples and instructions for these projects will be provided.
Sunday, February 11th
PRUNING PERENNIALS; WHAT TO CUT & WHAT TO LEAVE - with Jack McKinnon
Master Gardeners will be back on February 11th!
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/
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. Children ages 8 -12 welcome with accompanying adult. Register online or call 650-579-0536 x3.
Sunday, March 11th
VERTICAL GARDENS WITH SUCCULENTS - with Zana Lugo
Sunday, April 8th
Presentation by the Beekeepers' Guild of San Mateo County
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
BACKYARD CHICKENS 101
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