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The Plant Foundry hosts 'Bloom! Bouquet Bash'

Celebrate native plants with this flower-filled special event

Yarrow is among the many native plants that also makes a great cut flower. (Photo courtesy of Bloom! California)

Celebrate California native plants during a special party Saturday morning at The Plant Foundry in Oak Park.

As part of a statewide effort to promote gardening with natives, The Plant Foundry will host a
“Bloom! Bouquet Bash” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 9. This garden party is one of several being held in April, National Native Plant Month.

All month long, gardeners will find special promotions at partner nurseries to entice city dwellers to grow natives that will flower for years to come. To show off how pretty those blooms can be, participating nurseries – such as The Plant Foundry – will host free floral arranging activity stations where patrons can put together their own native flower bouquets.

“You’ll be able to craft and take home your very own beautiful native plant bud vases with pre-cut stems (while supplies last),” say the organizers. “What a great little date for a parent and child, a treat for yourself, or an excuse for gardening buddies to go shopping!”

Find a wide selection of flowering natives from which to choose. Admission and parking are free.

“Already grow native plants? Join the fun and create your own native plant arrangements. We encourage everyone to share their Bloom! Bouquet Bash creations using the hashtag #BloomBouquetBash.”

Photo submissions will be added to the Bloom! Bouquet Bash online gallery. Find more details here: .

The Plant Foundry is located at 3500 Broadway, Sacramento.

Details and directions: .


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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.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash. Plant onion sets.

* 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.

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

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