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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 Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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