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East Sacramento Garden Tour returns in time for Mother's Day

Popular event in Fab Forties celebrates 100th anniversary of David Lubin Elementary School

When the poppies are in bloom, it's time for the East
Sacramento Garden Tour. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

This garden tour is always fabulous, as in Sacramento’s Fabulous Forties.

This weekend, the East Sacramento Garden Tour returns with its usual mix of wonderful gardens, shopping, food, music and wine. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, patrons are invited to stroll through East Sacramento’s historic Fabulous Forties neighborhood and support programs at David Lubin Elementary School, which is also the site of the tour’s boutique.

This year – the tour’s 23rd – also celebrates Lubin School’s 100th anniversary, so organizers set the goal of raising $100,000. Tour proceeds support the school’s STEAM curriculum, the art program, After School Academy and additional opportunities for students.

“The East Sacramento Garden Tour is Sacramento’s favorite Mother’s Day tradition,” say the organizers. “This two-day event, produced by David Lubin Elementary parents and volunteers, is an incredible opportunity for the Sacramento community to enjoy quality time while getting sneak peaks of ‘Fab Forties’ gardens, shopping with local makers and artisans, enjoying live music, community engagement activities and local food, and partaking in pampering and wine-tasting opportunities.”

Advance tickets ($20) are available online through Friday, May 6. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free. On tour days, tickets are $25 and available at the school, 3535 M St., Sacramento.

Admission to the boutique and other events at the school is free.

Yard with pool
This beautiful garden was part of the 2019 tour. (Photo courtesy
Courtesy East Sacramento Garden Tour)
Due to COVID restrictions, the 2020 garden tour was canceled. In 2021, the school hosted a free virtual tour but not the door-to-door stroll. This weekend’s tour is the first time since 2019 that this popular event is back in its pre-pandemic format.

Another bonus: Great weather! The weekend’s forecast calls for sunny days in the 70s.

In 2019, the tour attracted more than 2,000 patrons. All proceeds go to support the school’s programs.

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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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