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Heritage Rose Garden in Jackson welcomes visitors

Amador master gardeners host Open Garden Day

Pink roses on a large bush
Heritage roses tend to be intensely fragrant. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

Time for a rosy road trip!

Saturday is Open Garden Day at the Heritage Rose Garden in Jackson. During the event hosted by the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Amador County, the garden will be open free to the public from 10 a.m. to noon July 17.

Dedicated to preserving antique and rare roses, the Heritage Rose Garden is part of the 200-acre Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch, a historic site preserved by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Mother Lode Land Trust. It’s located at 1334 Jackson Gate Road in the foothill town of Jackson, about an hour from Sacramento.

“Master Gardeners will be on site to give tours and discuss heritage roses and the other native and heirloom plants in the garden,” say the organizers.

Large yellow rose
Master gardeners are working to preserve heritage roses.

Heritage roses are generally defined as varieties introduced more than 100 years ago. Volunteers hope to preserve these rose rarities, found at foothill homesteads and cemeteries. Such roses are particularly valued for their fragrance as well as their beauty and hardiness.

What makes them special? According to the master gardeners, “Many have been collected, identified, and lovingly preserved for future generations to enjoy. But they are a piece of history in danger of becoming extinct.”

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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