Mr Rat and I had some time to kill recently and decided to take a look-see. Maybe in fall next year I'll take a class - I hear Professor Andrews has some excellent classes on gardening with natives.
The main greenhouse is nothing short of spectacular. It's a proper range with two wings and a central area for driving in materials and doing all kinds of work.
|Main greenhouse range from front|
|Main range from side - showing double roof - and cool tractor (with flat tire, I now notice!)|
|The big central work area|
|In one of the greenhouse wings - very high tech looking all around!|
|Enormous tomato plants growing in the greenhouse, held up somehow on strings.|
In some simpler greenhouse type structures lettuces were growing hydroponically.
|Organic and hydroponic too!|
I also love shade structures - they are really more useful for my needs than a greenhouse. But I have only a small shaded area so far in my garden.
|Planting medium mixer. I want one of these!! - well, not really but - well - yes really!|
|The horticulture department sits on the edge of the second marine terrace. I'll write about Santa Cruz marine terraces another time. I'm just starting to get into local geology.|
|It was a cloudy day, the sea was silvered o'er.|
Of course agriculture is important in our region too.
|Mmm strawberries - this garden is sponsored by Gayles Bakery in Capitola, where I take my dad often for an afternoon treat. There was also a permaculture kitchen garden area.|
Landscaping and landscape construction is also covered by various classes.
|Amazing water collection and storage system!|
It's not the best time to visit in terms of what's growing - but still, there were quite a few attractive features.
|Isn't this a fun idea - planting in a fountain!|
|There is an extensive salvia garden - here, one of the few places where the plants were in bloom. I forgot to note what region these salvias came from (the garden is organized by geographical region).|
|An interesting water feature|
|Festuca rubra "lumpy lawn"|