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Water-wise workshop at Garden on Eden

Buckwalter leads free event at Carmichael demonstration garden

Manzanita bush
This Vine Hill manzanita ( Arctostaphylos densiflora ) 'Howard McMinn' is a popular low-water cultivar of a California native shrub. Learn about others as part of a free workshop Thursday. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Thinking about a water-wise makeover? Learn how simple steps can add up to big savings – and a more beautiful, easy-care garden – during a special workshop led by one of Sacramento’s leading water-wise landscaping experts.

Join award-winning landscape designer Cheryl Buckwalter of Landscape Liaisons for “Conservation in the Garden,” a free one-hour workshop and tour at noon Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Garden on Eden, 4900 Eden Court, Carmichael.

The Garden on Eden is the cleverly named low water-use demonstration garden of the Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD), which is also hosting this event.

Participants will learn about: different types of water-efficient landscape designs; beautiful water-wise native plants; sprinkler system upgrades; proper tree care; and more.

Buckwalter also will answer questions about planting and maintaining a water-wise landscape, plant selection, lawn conversion and other topics. Fall is the best time to start such water-wise makeovers.

Serving as the site of the tour and workshop, the Garden on Eden is a makeover success story. The flower-filled and colorful water-wise landscape replaced a former lawn in 2018.

“This landscape is considered to have multiple benefits because it was designed to provide year-round color and beauty, minimize the work needed to maintain it, and minimize the water needed to irrigate it,” according to the water district. “The previous landscape of cool-season turf grass and inefficient sprinklers had a water requirement of 125,829 gallons per year. This landscape, with its low and very-low-water plants and efficient drip system, will only need 33,113 gallons per year, once established.”

See for yourself and start saving, too.

Details: 916-972-7171 or .


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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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