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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 Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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