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Explore landscapes at El Dorado demonstration garden

Sherwood Demonstration Garden adds hours, tours

Japanese garden
The Japanese garden is one of the showpieces
of the Sherwood Demonstration Garden in
Placerville. (Photo courtesy El Dorado County
master gardeners)

Now that it is March, the El Dorado County master gardeners' beautiful demonstration garden in Placerville has shifted into longer public hours and resumed docent-led tours.

The Sherwood Demonstration Garden is located at the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College, 6699 Campus Drive. The garden now is open 9 a.m. to noon every Friday and Saturday through November, unless there is a 60 percent or more chance of rain forecast.  (Other closure alerts, more appropriate for summer: A forecast of 95 degrees or more from 9 a.m. to noon, or if air quality level hits 150.)

Master-gardener-led tours are offered on the first Saturday of the month, including this Saturday, March 5. The tours are free, starting promptly at 9 a.m. If no one appears to take the tour, the guide will leave at 9:15 a.m. Group tours can be arranged by emailing or calling (530) 621-5512.

What is there to see at Sherwood? So many plants: 16 garden areas, from rock garden to perennials garden, as well as a native plants garden, shade garden, Japanese garden and a children's garden. This link leads to an artistic map of the garden.

Note: No dogs are allowed in the garden. Daily parking passes on the college property are $2. Directions are here .

(Bonus for visitors this Saturday: The Community Observatory also at the El Dorado Center will be open for solar viewing from 10 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. Find out more information here .)

The El Dorado master gardeners also offer free public education classes. An in-person class on "Firewise Landscaping" will be taught by Alice Cantelow on Wednesday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cameron Park Community Center,  2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. Call or email the contacts listed above to register.

-- Kathy Morrison


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Before the rain comes later in the week, take advantage of sunny, calm days:

* This may be your last chance this season for the first application of copper fungicide spray to peach and nectarine trees. Leaf curl, which shows up in the spring, is caused by a fungus that winters as spores on the limbs and around the tree in fallen leaves. Sprays are most effective now, but they need a few days of dry weather after application to really “stick.” If you haven’t yet, spray now.

* Rake and compost leaves, but dispose of any diseased plant material. For example, if peach and nectarine trees showed signs of leaf curl this year, clean up under trees and dispose of those leaves instead of composting.

* Make sure storm drains are clear of any debris.

* Give your azaleas, gardenias and camellias a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim chrysanthemums to 6 to 8 inches above the ground after they’re done blooming. Keep potted mums in their containers until next spring. Then, they can be planted in the ground, if desired, or repotted.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while dormant.

* Plant bulbs for spring bloom. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Other suggestions: daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas.

* Seed wildflowers including California poppies.

* Also from seed, plant sweet pea, sweet alyssum, bachelor buttons and other spring flowers.

* Plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from winter rains.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cool-season greens can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* If you decide to use a living Christmas tree this year, keep it outside in a sunny location until Christmas week. This reduces stress on the young tree.

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