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River Park hosts unique neighborhood garden tour

See seven private gardens, each with its own unusual features

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This "dog lover's garden" will be among the seven on the River Park tour this Saturday. Call to reserve tickets. (Photo courtesy River Park Garden Club)

Discover some interesting and beautiful gardens in the River Park neighborhood of Sacramento during a special tour.

Set for Saturday, April 23, “Seven Special Garden Spaces” will offer guests a peek inside seven private gardens in River Park. Hosted by the River Park Garden Club, this garden tour highlights the neighborhood’s uniqueness.

“The only-in-River-Park style landscapes and gardens on the self-guided tour will include a totally edible garden; a ‘whatever works’ garden; a dog lover’s garden; a garden for a family with young children; a collector’s garden filled with succulents and antiques; and a family’s perfect entertaining garden, complete with a pickle ball court, pool, patio, kitchen and a clever vegetable garden!” say the organizers.

Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the event also will include a gift and plant boutique. From noon to 1 p.m. a UC Cooperative master gardener will be on hand to answer questions.

Tickets for the tour are $5 and may be reserved by calling 916-454-5637. Visit the club’s website: for more information on the tour. Maps of the garden tour, including addresses, will come with the ticket.

Founded in 1951, River Park Garden Club is dedicated to the beautification of its neighborhood, which hugs the American River – and has some of the best soil in Sacramento. New members are welcome. Find out more at .


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The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

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* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias. Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom. April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

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