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Huei's Garden once again welcomes guests

Closed during pandemic, private oasis hosts tours to support local charities

Woman in garden
Huei Young in the City Garden near her Davis home. She is again opening her
private garden to fundraising tours. (Photos courtesy Huei Young)

After a major rebuild and year off due to the pandemic, Huei’s Garden is once again inviting guests to enjoy its tranquil beauty.

Huei Young, who created her Davis oasis at 234 Luz Place, is hosting a fundraising tour of her private garden at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. Proceeds from the tour will benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Reservations are limited; email Huei to check for availability at
hueis.garden@yahoo.com .
Through her tours, Young has raised thousands of dollars for local charities. She also welcomes garden clubs and is now scheduling spring tours. Suggested donation is $25 per person.

Internationally known, her private garden as well as the public Huei’s City Garden she started on the greenbelt near her mid-century modern home have been featured on television, in magazines and books as well as local newspapers and blogs.

During the pandemic, Young made several additions to her gardens. She planted fragrant roses along with the scores of perennials and shrubs, nestled under mammoth redwoods.

In October 2019, a windstorm dropped huge limbs from one of those redwoods onto her beloved feng shui garden, wiping out her large covered patio along with a mirrored wall and water features. While staying safe at home during 2020, Young channeled her abundant energy into rebuilding her garden better than ever.

Redwoods tower over Huei Young's garden.
Windstorm damage prompted an extensive
rebuild.
For more than 30 years, Young has been working on the City Garden as well as her own landscape. Open daily to visitors, the City Garden runs along the bike and walking path in her neighborhood in east Davis at the end of Luz Place near Grande Avenue. Last year, a permanent bench was added in memory of her late husband, Frank. In addition, the City of Davis installed an official sign designating that section of the greenbelt “Adopt-a-Park Huei’s City Garden.”

But her private garden is private – except when Young hosts a tour. To arrange a tour, email Young at hueis.garden@yahoo.com .

Details and photos: www.hueis-garden.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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