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Gardens of Folsom tour celebrates milestone

20th annual event features seven private gardens plus a plant sale, bake sale and artists at work

Garden in Folsom
View seven private gardens around Folsom this
weekend during the 20th annual Gardens of Folsom
tour. (Photo courtesy Folsom Garden Club)

Folsom celebrates spring with a milestone: the 20th annual Gardens of Folsom tour.

Hosted by the Folsom Garden Club, this lovely tour showcases gorgeous private gardens – for a good cause. Proceeds support scholarships for local students.

Set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, the tour will feature seven private gardens within easy driving distance.

Tickets are $20; children and youths age 15 and younger are admitted free with an adult.

“Throughout the gardens, you’ll find Master Gardeners on hand to answer your gardening questions, and artists painting in the gardens,” say the organizers. “We have a plant sale, too, loaded with horticultural treasures at bargain prices at the Murer House, 1125 Joe Murer Court, Folsom.

“And then there’s our famous bake sale, which offers amazingly yummy delights. Insider tip: the Bake Sale always sells out fast, so get there early before the tasty treats disappear. Also, enjoy a fabulous on-site food truck and an exciting raffle.”

Tickets are available online via the link below or at the first home on the tour at 129 Ofria Drive, Folsom.

Details: https://www.folsomgarden.org/2022-annual-garden-tour/



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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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