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Placer County Master Gardeners host Mother's Day treat

Sunday's 35th annual tour showcases six spectacular gardens

Garden with pond
This beautiful garden is on the Placer County Master
Gardeners' Mother's Day Tour. (Photo courtesy
Placer County master gardeners)

Here’s a special treat for Mother’s Day: The Placer County Master Gardeners’ Mother’s Day Garden Tour.

Now in its 35th year, this annual tour celebrates beautiful Placer County gardens filled with inspiration. Hosted by the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Placer County, this tour will be held from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8 – Mother’s Day – making it a perfect family outing.

Tickets are $20 (cash or check only). Children age 12 or younger admitted free.

What will you see? Each stop has an evocative nickname: The Artist’s Garden, the Water Wheel Garden, the Inspired Garden, the Tranquility Garden, the Shared Garden and the Water-Wise Garden.

Here’s the master gardeners’ description of the Artist’s Garden:

“If you’re looking for ideas to add fun and uniqueness to your home oasis, this imaginative owner has not only extensively filled her shade-dappled garden with stunning flowers, luscious plants and beautiful trees, but has also been busy creating and tucking oodles of her creations throughout this delightful and eclectic setting. Discover numerous heart-shaped rocks and other special finds that adorn this space.”

Every garden features some extraordinary features. The Water-Wise Garden, for example, not only showcases natives and drought-tolerant plants in a creekside setting, but also has its own pond and custom chicken coop (complete with friendly hens).

Tickets are available now and through tour day at Green Acres Nursery & Supply locations in Auburn, Rocklin and Roseville. All six gardens are located in mid-Placer County, within easy driving distance. Master gardeners will be stationed at each stop to answer questions.

More details: https://pcmg.ucanr.org/ .

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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