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Sherwood Demonstration Garden welcomes visitors to Open Garden Days

Public can watch master gardeners in action; plant sale April 30

The Cottage Garden is one of 16 areas at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville. (Photo courtesy UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County)

Attention, foothill gardeners: These events are for you!

The UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County close out a busy April with four Open Garden Days plus a big plant sale.

Explore the Master Gardeners’ Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville. The garden will welcome visitors from 9 a.m to noon on two consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, April 22 and 23, and April 29 and 30. Admission is free.

“Master Gardeners work hard to maintain this beautiful garden,” say the organizers. “Feel free to stop by to see all of these wonderful plants and learn some new gardening techniques.”

Open Garden Day is just like it sounds; the gates are open to the public as the Master Gardeners tackle their assigned tasks. It’s a great opportunity to ask, “What are you doing?” and “Why?”

Located at the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College, the Sherwood Demonstration Garden features 16 themed gardens: All-Stars (water-wise flowering plants), butterfly, children’s, cottage, Japanese, marsh, Mediterranean, natives, orchard, ornamental grasses, perennial, rock, rose, shade, succulents and vegetables.

And takes some plants home, too! On Saturday, April 30, the Master Gardeners will hold a spring ornamental plant sale featuring trees, shrubs, grasses, succulents, native and perennial plants. Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden. Cash, checks, Visa or Mastercard preferred.

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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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