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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.

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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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