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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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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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