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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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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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