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River Park hosts unique neighborhood garden tour

See seven private gardens, each with its own unusual features

outdoors with dog
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:
riverparkgardenclub.yolasite.com 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 riverparkgardenclub.yolasite.com .

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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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