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Roseville's BerryFest returns as a free street fair

Smaller weekend event highlights strawberry harvest

Plenty of fresh strawberries will be sold, and consumed,
this weekend at BerryFest. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Remember Roseville's Strawberry Festival? In the time before Covid-19, it was a huge celebration -- the size of a county fair -- coincidentally held at the Placer County Fairgrounds on Mother's Day weekend. Attendance routinely was about 25,000.

The sweet event comes back this weekend for the first time in three years, but in a smaller way: BerryFest 2022 will be a free street fair/farmers market, with plenty of vendors, some traditional events and, of course, lots and lots of strawberries.

Downtown Roseville -- specifically the 300 block of Vernon Street -- will be the center of the action, with a beer garden, the Strawberry Stage, a dozen food booths, more than 40 craft booths and about two dozen farmers' stands. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8. Parking is free on Vernon Street, Atlantic Street and in the nearby parking garage.

The Little Miss Strawberry Pageant is among the returning events, at 11 a.m. Saturday. The strawberry shortcake eating contest, another classic, also will be held. Strolling entertainment and community performances are among other highlights.

Organizers promise to bring back the full-size event in 2023.

-- Kathy Morrison


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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