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Keep The Good Guys In Your Garden Happy

How to Attract Beneficials and Create Wildlife Habitat

MARIPOSA — Humans are not the only creatures who love the mountains. We share the county with a plethora of critters, from beautiful butterflies to less-beautiful toads.

Mariposa County Master Gardeners will present a hands-on workshop Saturday, Oct. 27, all about the good guys in your garden and how to make them happy.The workshop is from 10 a.m. to noon at the county board of supervisors chambers, 5100 Bullion St., Mariposa. To assure we have enough handouts, please register at or call (209) 966-2417.

Five master gardeners — Adrienne O’Brien, Rusty Avery, Ingrid Angelini, Julie Dowsing and Kris Randal — will tell you something about their particular favorites. They will then split up to “stations” where there will be things to see and do, lots of handouts, catalogs for materials, chances to get your hands on some examples, and to ask questions.

You’ll find out what to do to attract these beneficial species, what things are detrimental to wildlife safety and, of course, what NOT to do.

Dowsing and O’Brien will talk about birds and bats. They’ll have birdhouses and bat houses to show and they’ll talk about local species.

Avery will take on frogs, toads and water gardens. She plans to have a small container water garden and introduce you to a toad abode.

Angelini’s choice is pollinators, butterflies, native bees, and hummingbirds. She’ll have feeders to display and tell you how valuable all three are to the health of your garden.

Randal will have information on yard-dangers to avoid and how to prevent harm to visiting wildlife.

Master Gardeners are volunteer educators for home gardeners. They are trained through the University of California Cooperative Extension service.

Contact the Mariposa office at 5009 Farigrounds Road in the Ag building. Call (209) 966-7078 any time. Email:

Walk-ins and live calls Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon through October, and Thursday 2 to 5 p.m. year-round. North County: message phone at (209) 852-9711.

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