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Inmates dig their way to new careers in horticulture

Over a six-month period, six Sonoma County Master Gardener volunteers assisted the program coordinator by securing a grant from the Sonoma County Water Agency and coordinating the design and installation of a large demonstration garden. The garden themes focused on water conservation, pesticide use reduction, and appropriate plant materials for the climate. At the entrance to the facility, the inmates installed a lovely garden that demonstrates the proper use of drought-tolerant plants that need no pest control, that require little maintenance, and that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and numerous beneficial insects. With direct inmate interaction and by providing UC handout materials, the Master Gardeners have significantly improved the skills of the individuals involved. Inmates then provide good science-based information to gardeners who come to buy plants.

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Sonoma County inmates installing their new demonstration garden.
Sonoma County inmates installing their new demonstration garden.

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Fast Food

Aphids on Rose Bush

In a matter of days, the aphids discovered our newly purchased rose bushes. They clustered around the buds and unfolding leaves, piercing the tender stems and sucking ...

Aphids on Rose Bush
Aphids on Rose Bush

APHIDS ON A ROSE BUSH--Aphids suck plant juices, as these are doing here. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Not a Rosy Situation
Not a Rosy Situation

THIS IS NOT A ROSY SITUATION--Scores of aphids run up and down the stem of a rose bush, sucking plant juices. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Feast for One
Feast for One

FEAST FOR ONE--A ladybug chows down an aphid. Nearby aphids seem unaware of the predator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leaf Sitter
Leaf Sitter

LEAF SITTER--The ladybug crawls out to the end of a rose leaf and scoops up an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 5:14 PM
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Peanuts, Popcorn, Cracker Jacks? No, Queen Bee Cells

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

With the opening of baseball season, it's "peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks!" But to beekeepers, it's peanuts. Or rather, peanut-like shells. Immature queen bees grow to...

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Hoodie

Hooded Praying Mantis

A baby hooded praying mantis is among the new residents of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, 1124 Academc Surge, on the UC Davis campus. It's a Rhombodera basalis or...

Hooded Praying Mantis
Hooded Praying Mantis

THIS HOODED PRAYING MANTIS, a baby, is a new resident of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 5:40 PM

You're Painting with What?

Maggot Art

If you want to create art that's bound to be a conversation piece, you need to head over to Briggs Hall at the University...

Maggot Art
Maggot Art

MAGGOT ART will be offered at the UC Davis Picnic Day for the seventh consecutive year. It's about dipping a maggot in non-toxic, water-based paint and letting it crawl across white paper. Maggot Art was coined by forensic entomologist Rebecca O'Flaherty, who is seeking her doctorate at UC Davis.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sea Creature
Sea Creature

SEA CREATURE--Forensic entomologist Rebecca O'Flaherty of UC Davis created this Maggot Art piece titled "Sea Creature." It drew "oohs and aahs" at her 2007 Maggot Art Show in Sacramento. (Photo by Rebecca O'Flaherty)

Combining Art and Science
Combining Art and Science

COMBINING ART AND SCIENCE--Rebecca O'Flaherty, who coined and trademarked "Maggot Art," an educational curriculum combining art and science, teaches a group of youths at a summer session at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 6:07 PM

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