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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 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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