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Get inspiration, advice and plants at Spring Garden Faire in Roseville

Placer County master gardeners host big event

Pink shrub with fringe flowers
Loropetalum is a beautiful landscaping shrub that's at its best in spring. Learn
about landscaping, vegetable growing and more during Saturday's Spring Garden Faire in Roseville. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Spring (and some say summer) will definitely be in the air this week. Need garden inspiration? Check out the Spring Garden Faire, hosted by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Placer County.

On Saturday, April 9, the master gardeners and other local garden experts will turn the Maidu Community Center into garden central with activities and advice for the whole family. Hosted by Roseville Environmental Utilities, the event will focus on home gardening and the many ways residents can keep their landscapes healthy, beautiful and water-wise.

Part of the event will be fun hands-on things to do. Learn how to make seed pots out of recycled materials. Propagate a succulent and take it home. There also will be a crafts corner specifically for kids.

Demonstrations and speakers will cover such topics as straw bale gardening, backyard beekeeping and water-wise landscaping. Vendors will offer plants, garden art and supplies. Master gardeners will supply plenty of advice.

Need rose help? Sierra Foothills Rose Society will host an information booth.

Food trucks will offer hot dogs, tacos and other lunch fare. Stay all day!

Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; admission is free.

Maidu Community Center is located at 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville.



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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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