Feb 2016 Program

Tue., Feb 2 at 1:30 PM  “Controlling Garden Critters” by Steve Kinnick and Martin Hopper

Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA

Country living enables us to enjoy nature in our own backyard. Our gardens can be tranquil, except perhaps when nature – in the form of deer, gophers, voles or various other critters – take a bite out of it. Learn how to “Control Critters in the Garden” at the next meeting of the Mother Lode Rose Society on Tue., Feb. 2 at 1:30 PM at the Amador Senior Center, for an educational and entertaining program presented by Steve Kinnick and Martin Hopper on simple yet effective methods of controlling garden pests.

Steve Kinnick and gopher cageSteve Kinnick has been messing around in gardens for the last twenty-five years on his four acre parcel on the outskirts of Jackson.  Along the way he has had to contend with an array of garden critters that compete for the fruit of his labors.  These include the usual suspects: gophers, deer, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, etc.  Steve was President of the Mother Lode Rose Society in 2010 and 2015.  For the last five years he and his wife Debra have served as the Public Rose Garden Chairs for the  Amador Senior Center Rose Garden.

Steve will be speaking about his ongoing battle with  arch rival and nemesis, the redoubtable pocket gopher.  Pocket GopherHe will demonstrate how to construct gopher baskets and raised beds that will protect your plants from these destructive marauders.  His portion of the presentation will also include how to plant roses in baskets or pots as well as other means to control this unwelcome interloper of our garden.

2a4fbd37eb648686ee52676559b26288Roses never fail to beckon Bambi for a bountiful banquet of beautiful blooms. But how to keep deer out – what works and what doesn’t – without breaking your back or your budget? Martin Hopper will share his adventures in effective deer fencing and its benefits in keeping other unwanted critters out and your pets in. His lightweight and simple deer fencing system now protects 20,000 square feet of rose beds and doesn’t spoil the view.

FullSizeRenderMartin Hopper has been Beverly Rose Hopper’s rose enabler for over thirty years and has made many contributions to Northern California rose culture. He has actively supported the Mother Lode Rose Society, San Jose Municipal Rose Garden renovation and Northern California-Nevada-Hawaii District activities of the American Rose Society. As a semi-retired engineer, he provides his spouse with support on garden projects such as fences, terracing, garden structures or the ins and outs of automatic irrigation.


All are welcome to attend “Controlling Garden Critters” at the Feb. 2 meeting of the Mother Lode Rose Society at 1:30 PM, which will be held at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more info call Michael Daugherty MLRS President at (209) 296-3123 or website http://www.MotherLodeRose.org

ARS logoThis program qualifies for 1 point of Continuing Education for Consulting Rosarians.