Open Garden Day to return to Sonora

Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County will kick off its 2019 series of Open Garden Days Feb. 2 at its demonstration garden, 251 S. Barretta St., in Sonora.

The garden will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and demonstrations on fruit tree pruning, bare-root fruit tree planting and garden soil preparation will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The garden is on the Cassina High School campus. There is no cost to attend or to tour the garden.

For questions regarding the Master Gardener program or to have a Master Gardener come to your home to help with a gardening problem, call the Tuolumne County Master Gardener hotline at (209) 533-5912, or email

Bonsai Club to beef up hands-on learning

The Mother Lode Bonsai Club this year will feature hands-on learning workshops at each of its meetings through 2019. During the year, a number of free public demonstrations on specific bonsai topics by guest speakers will also be included.

They will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the conference room of the San Andreas Central Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road (off Mountain Ranch Road) in San Andreas. A monthly workshop will immediately follow the meeting, but no demonstration.

“Workshops will be conducted by experienced club mentors, who will instruct others on bonsai techniques by working directly with their trees,” said McKinstry. “Participants will learn to apply methods of soil preparation, transplanting, root trimming, branch wiring, pot selection and more — all the important and practical basics of this ancient living art form. In addition, a number of member trees will be displayed in their winter “silhouette” form, a method of showing and studying the branching of deciduous trees without the distraction of any foliage.”

“We are also looking at field trips to local and Bay Area bonsai nurseries to purchase plants and essential materials. Plus, there are plans for group attendance at other bonsai club shows and exhibits in the near future to learn more,” he said.

While there is no charge for workshops, participants must provide their own bonsai trees, soil, pots, tools and a table covering.

For more information, call Richard McKinstry at (209) 288-2330 or visit the club website at

Fiber artists meet Feb. 9 in Sonora

The Studio 49 Fiber Arts Group will meet Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road in Sonora.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and anyone interested in fiber arts — spinning, weaving, knitting or crocheting — is invited to attend.

For more information, go online to, or call (209) 533-0593.

Weavers, spinners meet Feb. 12

The Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers.

The church is at 11155 Jackson St., in Columbia.

For more information, go online to

Seed share event slated for Feb. 23

Mother Lode gardeners can have their choice of locally produced seeds at the 11th annual Seed Share Event presented by FoCus and the Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County.

The seed exchange will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Tuolumne County Senior Center, 540 Greenley Road in Sonora.

People who attend can get seed packets for fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and also listen to a number of speakers throughout the day who will address topics including how to start seeds, how to graft a tree and more.

Master Gardener members will offer baked goods for sale.

For more information or a schedule of speakers, go online to