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Garden Pests

Garden Pests: The Good, the Bad and the Bugly

by Norm Smith, Master Gardener


How do you know if all those insects in your garden are beneficial or harmful? How do you promote beneficial insects, and remove the bad bugs? Don’t worry, we’ve got an expert entomologist and UC Master Gardener to help you identify and share the how’s and what’s of garden pests so you can enjoy a healthier garden! Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday, February 23 from 1 PM to 2 PM to learn more about these invertebrate creatures, how to control them, and how to encourage their predators.

Followed at 2pm by a FREE Docent-Led tour of the SLO Botanical Garden.

Norman Smith is a UC Master Gardener at the San Luis Obispo Ag Extension. He specializes in insects, both good and bad, found in gardens on the central coast. Norman writes about insects for the Master Gardener’s educational blog “Diggin’ it in SLO”.

Suggested donation $5 for members/$10 non-members. Presentation followed by a free docent-led tour in the Garden at 2 PM. For more information call 805.541.1400×304 or

This presentation is the first in the Master Gardeners’ Advice to Grow By SLO County Home Gardeners Series at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

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March 23- Garden and Landscape Water Management- Bill Smillie

April 13- Water Wise Vegetable Gardening- Tami Reece

Oct 5- California Natives for the Landscape- Peggy Burhenn

Nov 2- Landscaping for Renters- Naomi Klinkenberg

Dec 7- Fall Garden Chores- Kim McCue

Earlier Event: February 14
Group Dream Work
Later Event: February 24
Mushroom Discovery