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From garden to vase, learn how to make most of flowers

Master gardeners offer free workshop on flower growing, harvesting and arranging

Yellow and red and pink flowers
Learn how to make the most of flowers in a free in-person workshop Saturday.
(Photo courtesy El Dorado County master gardeners)

Do you dream of being a flower farmer? Or do you just want to improve your “blooming” skills one bouquet at a time?

Find the advice you need to get started during a free in-person workshop, presented by the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County at Sherwood Demonstration Garden.

Set for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, “Bouquets of Flowers: How to Grow, Harvest and Arrange” will take you from garden to vase, step by step.

“This free class explains how to use flowers from your garden for flower arranging,” say the organizers. “Join Master Gardeners Ada Brehmer, Anne Bettencourt and Jan Keahey to discuss the best plants to plant, how and when to harvest, and how to arrange the cut flowers in different containers. Tips will be discussed on how to preserve the arrangement.”

Get some hands-on practice, too, during this three-hour class.

“If you want to take home a lovely, self-made arrangement, please bring a bouquet of flowers from your garden – or your local store – and your favorite vase,” say the master gardeners.

Sherwood Demonstration Garden is located at 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville.

In addition to the workshop, master gardeners also will be hosting an Open Garden at Sherwood on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. Check out 16 demonstration gardens and get advice from master gardeners as they tend their projects.

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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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