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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: https://bloomcalifornia.org/public-events/ .

The Plant Foundry is located at 3500 Broadway, Sacramento.

Details and directions: www.plantfoundry.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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