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Volunteers needed for unique California garden project

Hortus Californica hosts networking event at Urban Roots

The California poppy is likely the best known native
plant but many others are important to the state.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)

A unique and truly Californian garden project is taking root right here in Sacramento, and it needs volunteers.

Learn about Hortus Californica during a free event at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, at Urban Roots Brewery, 1322 V St., Sacramento. Although there is no admission charge, the event offers free advance tickets via allevents and eventbrite. Get the link here: .

Also known as the California Garden Project, Hortus Californica is hosting this informal information event, open to all people interested in gardening and preserving the plants that shaped California – not just natives, but plants brought here, too.

“Join Hortus Californica for a networking event and learn about this amazing garden project!” say the organizers’ invitation. “Hortus Californica is currently looking for volunteers to help this project become a reality! Become part of the team and create a future garden for generations to come!”

Hortus Californica aims to “present and preserve the rich history of California’s diverse people, plants and cultures … and the complex interdependence they have within her fragile ecosystems.”

The goal is to create an actual garden that can be a destination for learning as well as inspiration and preservation.

Hortus Californica also will be part of Tomato Alley Collective’s Third Saturday Pop-Up (“featuring an Instagrammable Garden”) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17. This free event features arts, crafts, food and gardening. Tomato Alley Collective is located at 2014 28th St., Suite F, Sacramento.

For more on the project: .


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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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