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A Garden for All Seasons – Edibles

September 28, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Discover how to PLAN, CULTIVATE, HARVEST, and PRESERVE your edible garden in this community education program on edible gardening.

The day's activities include:

Two keynote presentations by:

        - Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner, owners of Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardening and 

authors of The Beautiful Edible Garden

        - Claire Splan, author of California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening


A presentation by Merrilee Olson, founder of PRESERVE Sonoma, on preserving the edible bounty

“Table Talks” by Marin Master Gardeners on planning, cultivating, harvesting, and preserving


Gardening demonstrations and hands-on activities


Demonstrations and talks on heirloom chickens and chicken coops, and beekeeping and bee hives

A special presentation by the Hungry Owl Project and Wildcare


Garden product vendors

Demonstrations by Marin Art & Garden program partners: Rose Marin Society, Marin Bonsai Society, Marin Garden Club, and more


Local and organically grown foods and refreshments. Or bring a picnic!

The Garden Conservancy
UC Marin Master Gardeners

Marin Art & Garden Center

Date and time
Saturday, September 28, 2013
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Click here for a detailed schedule for the day's events.

Marin Art & Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Ross, CA  94957

Click here for a map and directions to the Marin Art & Garden Center.

$10 Day Pass
Includes talks and demonstrations by Marin Master Gardener experts and Merrilee Olson.
You may also pre-register for a thirty-minute, one-on-one Garden Planning Consultation.

$25 Keynote Speakers
Includes entry to ALL keynote talks and full Day Pass

Group discount rate: $20 per person 
Includes entry to ALL keynote talks and full Day Pass. Available to groups of at least ten people.

Free for children 12 and under

Register online at

Tickets may also be purchased at the event.

For more information, please call the Garden Conservancy in San Francisco at 415.441.4300.


lessliebennettstefanibittner web288wLeslie Bennett (on the right in photo) and Stefani Bittner (on the left) are owners of the Berkeley-based Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardening, a landscape design, installation, full-service maintenance, and harvesting company. They specialize in combining elements of the traditional ornamental landscape with an edible and eco-friendly kitchen garden to develop a strong structure and vibrant aesthetic. They are also co-authors of the new book The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design a Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs (Ten Speed Press, 2013).

To learn more about Leslie and Stefani, visit

 clairesplan web216wClaire Splan writes a popular blog, An Alameda Garden, about gardening and environmental issues. A member of the Garden Writers Association, Claire has written for several garden-related websites, done presentations at the UC Botanical Garden, the Southern California Spring Garden Show, and other venues; and has been interviewed on radio shows such as “GardenLife,” “Bob Tanem in the Garden,” and “Gardening Today.” Claire has degrees from USC and USF, and has studied Landscape Horticulture at Merritt College. Her recent book, California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Eat the Best Edibles for California Gardens (Cool Springs Press, 2012) embraces both the joys and complexities of gardening in California with its astounding array of plant options and multitude of horticultural zones.

To learn more about Claire, visit

merrilee.olson .lets .preserve.agustin.gutierrez-web216wMerrilee Olson is a professional chef who champions local farmers and artisan food and wine sources. Through her Sebastopol-based specialty food producer PRESERVEsonoma, Merrilee teaches canning and preserving methods, time honored approaches to utilizing and saving the harvest that have garnered renewed interest in the past few years. She is also director of the food manufacturing and co-packing company Community Action Marin (CAM) FoodWorks which assists Marin farmers in transforming their excess produce into jams and jellies, salsas and sauces, and helping fund food programs for those in need.

To learn more about Merrilee, visit


Photo by Augustin Gutierrez


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