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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 2

Plan to make the most of the mild weather in your garden.

* October is the best month to plant trees and shrubs.

* October also is the best time to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to planting holes or beds, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

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