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Understanding Our Climate: Gardening Within Our Means

  • Butte County Library, Chico Branch

    1108 Sherman Ave., Chico, CA (map)

    39.744015 -121.834381

  • Understanding Our Climate: Gardening Within Our Means

    Jeanette Alosi, Butte County Master Gardener

    We live in a “Hotspot,” the California Floristic Provence. It is 1 of 5 Mediterranean climates, all characterized by long, hot, dry summers. Yet, the landscapes we design and the plants we select are not climate appropriate. What does the historical climate record reveal for precipitation and temperature? How have groundwater levels changed over time? What do these historical trends portend for our future? By understanding our climate, we can, hopefully, learn to garden within our means.

    After retiring from CSU, Chico, Jeanette joined the UC Butte County Master Gardener program. As a data analyst she had a life-long interest in graphs and charts. Climate change and the ongoing California dry period has produced a wealth of graphical information from historical charts to satellite images depicting our current conditions. She became intrigued with this information and how it related to gardening in California.

    Mount Lassen Chapter General Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month from Sept. to Dec. and from Feb. to May. We generally meet at the Chico Branch Library but move to other spots in Butte County occasionally. The new meeting time is 7 PM.

    See this link for the latest information.

    Atmospheric River (how we get the most of our moisture)

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