Homegrown Herbs Made Easy
Master Gardener Gardening Education Center at the San Mateo Event Center (Next to the Jockey Club)
Contact: mgsmsf@ucanr.edu
Sponsor: Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco

Join us to learn the basics of growing and enjoying herbs in your home garden.  We’ll talk about herbs throughout history, in the wild, as pollinator plants, in the landscape, and in the kitchen.  Selected herbs will be highlighted and discussed in depth. Plus we’ll share tips on cultivation, propagation, storage methods, preparation, and preservation.

Presenter Master Gardener Shilpa Thanawala:  A San Carlos-based UC Master Gardener, Shilpa enjoys growing herbs, fruit trees, and vegetables to use for cooking and baking. Her small home garden contains more than 30 varieties of fruit trees, canes, and shrubs, a large herb garden, and many varieties of annual and perennial vegetables. She grows new and uncommon varieties from seed whenever possible and is always excited to share experiences and plants with both new and expert gardeners. A San Francisco native, Shilpa has a deep appreciation for the Bay Area’s unique microclimates and ecology, and is passionate about sustainable and environmentally beneficial approaches to gardening.
Presenter Master Gardener Paul Matalucci:  Paul discovered his love of plants at age 10 and began hybridizing tall bearded iris in high school. A San Francisco-based UC Master Gardener and Park Steward for the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project, he is active as a volunteer for multiple community-based efforts. As a gardener, his areas of interest include ornamentals, succulents, herbs, and flowering bulbs.  For a day job, Paul is a corporate communicator (Cisco Systems, eBay, Hewlett Packard). He enjoys teaching Master Gardener workshops and works often from home, which allows him to delight in stepping away from his computer and into his Diamond Heights garden.
Directions: To arrive at the site do not go to the Event Center pay parking off of Saratoga. Enter from S. Delaware Street going toward the Jockey Club. After you enter the parking lot, drive immediately to the left where you will see a green lawn and large eucalyptus trees on the side backing on Saratoga Avenue.
Registration Fee:  $10
Registration URL: Please register here.