Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tour Four Winds Growers’ creekside property on Sunday

Mary Helen Seeger tends to Kieffer (Thai) limes growing at Four Winds Growers. Courtesy photo

The Putah Creek Council will sponsor a special tour of Four Winds Growers, a wholesale, edible-ornamental nursery nestled along Putah Creek’s upper reaches, as a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Participants will learn how agriculture and wild lands can exist side by side as they explore this private stretch of Putah Creek. Nursery owner Cedar Seeger and plant ecologist Michael Barbour will co-lead the tour.

Cedar and Mary Helen Seeger knew they’d found the perfect spot for their dwarf citrus nursery when they located a beautiful piece of property along Putah Creek in the 1980s. The property had a small seasonal tributary to Putah Creek, remnant populations of native bunchgrasses, towering oaks, abundant wildflowers and enough flat land nested between the hills and creek to grow potted citrus trees for the wholesale market.

The Seegers appreciated the opportunity to build their business along Putah Creek because it gave them a chance to help enhance wildlife habitat literally in their back yard, while also growing a family business that provides homeowners the opportunity to incorporate edible landscaping into their yards.

Barbour will join Seeger to discuss the natural communities that exist along Putah Creek.

“The oak woodlands found on the Seeger family property are quite beautiful,” Barbour said. “The understory contains dense stands of native bunchgrasses and it is one of the few places I’ve seen that has natural blue oak regeneration, something that is now quite rare in California.”

Barbour is a professor emeritus at UC Davis, where he taught courses on plant ecology for 40 years. He is the author of a number of books on California vegetation, botany and plant ecology and is a recipient of an Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award.

Participants can expect moderate but not strenuous walking. After the nursery tour and creek walk, the event will conclude with a gourmet lunch and discussion of opportunities for positive interactions between the human and natural components that make up the Putah Creek ecosystem.

Tickets for the tour are $35 for Putah Creek Council members, $50 for the general public and $15 for children (one child per paying adult). Tickets are available at The event is limited to 20 participants.

For more information, or for participants who are unable to register online, call Valerie Whitworth at 530-795-2009.

Enterprise staff


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