July Special Events

Golden Gate Lily Society Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, noon-5pm, in the Lakeside Park Garden Center. Free admission.

Sydney Mitchell Iris Society Sale, Friday, July 26, 7:30pm in the Lakeside Park Garden Center. Free admission.

Managing Pests in Your Garden Safely, Saturday, July 27, noon-1pm: Want to learn more about what is eating your vegetables? Or what virus killed your tomato plants? And where to find out more when you do have a pest problem in your yard? This is the talk for you.  Learn how to identify your bugs and manage them in the least toxic manner. Bring leaf & bug samples!

Master Gardener Dennis Brown will help you see your way through aphids, ants, snails and slugs as you learn about common pests and diseases. This talk is free and open to the public. Please join us, and bring your own gardening questions! Gather in the Master Gardener Trials Gardens in the Edible Demonstration Garden. Download the full Workshop Series schedule here: 2013 Trials Garden Workshop Series

Introduction to Bonsai: Interactive Demo and Questions in the Bonsai Garden, Sunday, July 28, 1pm-3pm. This free workshop (held every fourth Sunday of the month) covers the art of Bonsai including techniques, styling, care and grooming. You are welcome to bring your own tree for some TLC.

Community Work Party Events

First Saturday of each month, (July 6) 9am-noon – Mediterranean Garden

First Saturday of each month, (July 6) 9am – 1:30pm – Succulent Garden

First and third Saturday of each month, (July 6 & July 20) – Edible Gardens. If you’re interested in gardening at an Edible Garden; the Victory Garden Foundation’s People’s Victory Garden will have mentored gardening days on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Please see the Event Calendar for the month.

Third Saturday of each month, (July 20) 9am- noon – Sensory Gardens, Palmetum, and the Rhododendron Garden


Every Tuesday Evening, Sensory Garden, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Every Thursday Morning, Succulent Garden, 9am-noon 

July Gardening Tips

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Prepared by the Alameda County Master Gardeners

Summer: The gardener’s hard work is rewarded with beautiful blooms and tasty vegetables.

  • Continue to fertilize, water, harvest and deadhead flowers to keep them blooming.
  • Check often for pests, disease and weeds.
  • Some summer crops can still be planted—early corn, beans, summer squash.
  • Check to be sure that your irrigation system is working and meets the needs of your garden with the calculator for estimating water needs.

For more information on gardening tips and information from the Alameda County Master Gardeners, go to http://acmg.ucdavis.edu/