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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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Gophers, Moles, and Voles

Saturday, March 25, 2023
10:00am to 12:30pm
in the Farmhouse at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Join Master Gardener, Jill Surdzial and Gopher Getter, Rick Bressler and learn to rid your yard of pesky burrowing rodents.

When holes and mounds and tunnels appear in the garden and plants disappear or wilt unexpectedly, only to be found to have lost their roots, who’s to blame and how to make them stop? This workshop will introduce you to the three common vertebrate pests that drive gardeners mad. You’ll learn how to identify damage from each of the three and methods for preventing and stopping damage. The class will begin with some instruction indoors and move into the garden for some hands-on trap placing and setting.

This workshop will explore the lifecycle of gophers and moles, signs of activity, different types of traps, and proven methods of control. 


Class size is limited! Registration for this workshop must be completed in advance online (click the appropriate registration link below) or at the MCBG gift shop. Please note, all workshop fees are non-refundable unless the workshop has been canceled or rescheduled by the Gardens.

Workshop Registration .......................... $35 per participant and includes Gardens admission for the day

Member Workshop Registration ............ $25 per current MCBG Member   *Verify your membership to receive discount



  • Masks are optional during this workshop. If you are sick, please stay home.
  • The class will be held in the MCBG Farmhouse and hands-on instruction will be given outdoors. Be prepared for the weather with appropriate layers.
  • We recommend bringing along drinking water, a notebook, and a pen.


Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023