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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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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

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

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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