• DAYLILY DAYS
Now in its 18th year, this garden party features more than a million flowers – on a 14-acre daylily farm. In the heart of Amador’s wine country, enjoy a day filled with food and flowers at the peak of bloom. Vendors will offer lunch selections or bring your own picnic to enjoy under massive oaks. Garden how-to demonstrations, tram tours and family activities will keep visitors busy.
• IRRIGATION WORKSHOPS
Learn how to squeeze the most out of your irrigation system. Find out how to be water wise while still keeping your garden alive during summer heat and drought-related restrictions. Experts will answer questions about plant needs and soil composition as well as tackle the basics of sprinkler systems, drip irrigation, timers and controllers.
• LET’S TALK CHICKENS WORKSHOP
Brian Fikes and Greg Howes of Two Flew the Coop will lead this two-hour workshop that covers all the basics of raising backyard chickens. Learn how to get started (including proper housing and feeding) as well as the best backyard breeds and where to find them.
• AGAVES: LIVING SCULPTURES
Greg Starr, one of the nation’s leading experts on agaves, will discuss these wonderful succulents during this special presentation, hosted by the Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society. Owner of Starr Nursery in Tucson, Ariz., Starr will autograph copies of his book, “Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers” (Timber Press, 2012) as well as offer plants from his nursery for sale.
• FAMILY FARM FESTIVAL
Hosted by Helping Hands Produce, this fundraising event features lots of stuff to do to bring out your inner farmer (or farm kid). Enjoy crafts, cooking demonstrations, farm tours, live music, tractor rides, food vendors, old-fashioned games and much more. UC master gardeners will be on hand to answer garden questions.