Which option would you pick...

...if you were me?

Option A:

San Francisco vegetable gardening guru Pam Peirce's Fall Vegetables & Herbs. Five Saturday mornings in a row, Sep-8 through Oct-13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vegetable and plant families suitable for San Francisco fall gardening, organic IPM, best practices, lecture and lab. (To make your decision, consider that this is the last time I'll be able to take this class for the foreseeable future. Consider also that I've already taken Summer vegetables, and that if I take winter and spring, I'll have a whole year [but there is no guarantee that I will be able to take winter and spring]. Consider too that some people who take this class go on to start their own garden and/or vegetable growing businesses. But I doubt I'll ever do that.)


Option B:

Native Salvias With Native Plant Partners - selections for sweet success in a healthy garden. Sep-8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Noted salvia expert, Betsy Clebsch, author of the New Book of Salvias, shows us a fresh approach for combining interesting salvia species with California native plants requiring similar conditions. The synergy from creative combinations is not only beautiful in all seasons, but a wonderful way to ensure a healthy garden and bountiful wildlife habitat. Slides and fresh plant material will be used."


Seed Saving Workshop
. Saturday 9/15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Learn to gather your garden's bounty in this hands-on workshop for foolproof seed saving. San Francisco Botanical Garden's Horticultural Manager, Don Mahoney will share his wealth of experience as he takes the mystery out of this age-old practice. Learn how to recognize different types of seeds, determine the best time to collect, and how to properly harvest and store your seeds for successful germination."


Ecology of Point Reyes. "This is a one weekend field class, beginning Sep-29 and ending Sep-30. A mandatory orientation session meets on campus Thursday 9/20 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. No transportation is provided to field sites." Full details not yet available. (Consider that I would have to miss my Thursday night Plants and Animals of California class to attend the orientation.)


Option C:

Native Salvias from option B,


Ecology of San Francisco Bay. "This is a one weekend field class, beginning Sep-15 and ending Sep-16. A mandatory orientation session meets on campus Friday Sep-7 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. No transportation is provided to field sites." Full details not yet available.


Option D:

Fall vegetables from Option A, but absent for one Saturday day to attend Ecology of Point Reyes from Option B.


Option E:

Fall vegetables from Option A, but absent for one day to attend Ecology of San Francisco Bay from Option C.


Deviant Deziner said...

I love listening to Betsy Clebsch speak !
Not only for her southern charm accent by for her encyclopedic knowledge on Salvias !

If you ever have a chance, visit her La Honda garden.
it is Incredible !


mmw said...

I say Salvias too. Pam is awesome, but how many vegetables do you grow?

lisa said...

I say go for the most overall education...love the voting widget, BTW.

chuck b. said...

Michelle, Please take me with you next time you visit Betsy's garden! :) She gave the Botanical Garden a really nice, rare, yellow-flowering Salvia spathacea. We're propagating the hell out of that plant.

Alex, You're right, I don't grow many vegetables. But I want to! Vegetables rock. I need to "redefine" my vegetable bed. I have a plan...

Lisa, I like your typically great approach, and I'm thinking that's what I decided to do even before I posted the post.

Option B, here I come.

Nicole said...

I say B because to me that's less available knowledge. Not too difficult to find courses/resources on vegetable growing another time.

Deviant Deziner said...

A yellow form of S. spathacea ! , oooo la la.
I don't recall ever seeing that plant in Betsy's garden but it has been way too long since I've been there.
I used to live with her for about a year + when I was interning at Filoli gardens as a horticulturist.

will give you a call next time I head down to La Honda.

chuck b. said...

Yeah, we can put on our leathers and ride our motorcycles down to Alice's--it'll be fun!