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October 20 and 21 from 10 am - 5 pm

Bare root bulbs will be available for sale at dirt cheap prices.
Select items will be on sale as well. For example we have a surplus of what came to us as an un-identified bush lupine (probably Lupinus arboreus). These well grown plants in 3” pots will be priced at half off, making them a steal at $2.50 each.

Events for the weekend

Saturday Oct. 20 from 10:30 to 11:30

Garden Soil Basics
The first step in creating a healthy garden is to figure out what type of soil texture and drainage you have.

Bring in a mason jar of garden soil for this FREE hands-on workshop. We’ll do ribbon tests and set up mason jar tests to help you determine if you have sand, clay, loam, or anything in between!

We’ll also do a demonstration of an easy soil drainage test you can do at home.

Sunday Oct. 21 from 10:30 to 12

Fern ID and Keying Workshop with California Center For Natural History

How do you tell the difference between a lady fern and a wood fern? What the heck is an indusium? Why do goldback ferns have gold backs?

Oaktown staff member and CCNH naturalist Angela Pai will talk briefly about fern ecology, review terminology, and lead you through keying out some of the ferns at Oaktown. Beginners are welcome!

Bring your hand lens and Jepson Manual, if you have either. There will be hand lenses and smartphone macro clip-on lenses for you to borrow or buy.

There will be plenty of native California ferns available for purchase, of course!

The fern workshop is free, but there is a $20 suggested donation to the CCNH. NOTAFLOF.