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Coarsegold Center Offers Mountain Garden Series

COARSEGOLD — To many, it may already seem like spring, and we’re itching to get our hands in the soil to begin our spring/summer/fall gardens. Not so fast. Spring hasn’t sprung yet, and there are a few things you need to know about our particular area, especially if you are a newcomer.

Sue Langley Presents Gardening Classes at Coarsegold Community Center

There’s a perfect set of classes just for you, whether you’re new to the mountain area or a seasoned resident.

Sue Langley, a longtime mountain resident and well-known garden expert, presents a monthly series of four classes at Coarsegold Community Center, beginning Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022.

The first class specifically targets new residents to the area, to teach how our terrain and features differ from wherever they may have migrated. Sue says, “This would cover deer, gardening with more extreme temps, introducing our native plants, fire safety in the garden and burn pile safety.”

Moving to the mountain area in 2005 with her husband, who she calls “Tractor Man” in her writing, has given her plenty of opportunity to learn what works and what doesn’t. Before she moved, however, she had about five years to read up on gardening in deer and forest areas, specifically using Mediterranean and native California plants. Her blog “Sierra Foothills Garden” documents her progress.

Her interest in gardening began with inspiration from her mother, and she gardened for 30 years in Fullerton, CA, before moving to the foothills.

Sue created a Facebook page, also called Sierra Foothill Garden along with a website. These became a resource for local gardeners, much to Sue’s satisfaction.

Sue worked at True Value Hardware (Now Bryant’s Ace Hardware) and while there created five years of workshops, held once a month, on topics ranging from deer-resistant plants to straw bale gardening, as well as garden building projects to fairy gardens.

Flea Market Gardening

“In addition to all this garden activity,” Sue says, “I also started a national and international website and companion Facebook page called Flea Market Gardening. The gardeners posting on these pages especially like to find ‘juntiques’ at flea markets and yard sales to use as containers and decoration in their gardens.”

She made many friends as a result and has even traveled cross-country to meet several of them.

Class Schedule and Topics

The classes will be held as follows, all beginning at 2 p.m. and all held at Coarsegold Community Center, 35610 Highway 41, Coarsegold, just north of the Coarsegold Historic Village:

  • February 13 –  Introduction to Mountain Gardening
  • April 10 – Garden Projects for Early Spring
  • July 10 –   Summer Pruning & Flowers for Hot Weather
  • October 9 – Deer, Drought and Beautiful Flowering Native Plants

The series of classes is offered through Eastern Madera Recreation and Parks. The cost is $25 for the series of four classes, or $10 per person for drop-ins, with signups available at this link.

Sue’s suggested resources:


Photos courtesy of Sue Langley.


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