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Amador Flower Farm hosts gourd fest

Sign up now for classes; enjoy daylilies along with displays

Four pieces of art created from gourds
Gourd artwork will be celebrated and taught next week by the Amador Gourd Artists at Amador Flower Farm. (Photo courtesy Amador Gourd Artists)

A thoroughly fun event returns this month at one of June’s prettiest locations.

The Amador Gourd Artists present the 2021 Gourd and Fine Art Festival on June 26 and 27 at Amador Flower Farm in the heart of Amador wine country.

In addition to a full weekend, the festival also will host gourd decorating classes over four days, June 25 through 28. Advance registration is needed for all classes.

Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the festival itself will include displays, prizes, demonstrations, gourd vendors and gourmet food for sale. In addition, visitors can roam the gorgeous flower farm, packed with thousands of blooming daylilies as well as large display gardens. Admission and parking are free.

Oak tree in field of daylilies
Amador Flower Farm is known for its daylilies. Picnic sites
are available. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)
The public is invited to bring their own gourd creations, too. “This year will feature a gourd display area, open to the public, say the organizers. “Anyone who wants to display their gourd artwork is welcome to, and the display will be changed daily.

“There will be a simple sign-up procedure to show your artwork,” add the organizers. “Please be prepared to bring your artwork before 10 a.m. and pick it back up at 4 p.m. each day. No official judging will take place, but there will be a people’s choice award given each day.”

Hawaii gourd and fiber artist Jelena Clay, who has taught creative gourd art for more than 20 years, will be the featured instructor. Classes with spots still available include: Batik with Pine Needle Trim ($85, Friday): Gourd Fish on a Stand ($65, Saturday); Lei Trim Embellishments ($40, Sunday); and Lady Bug Gourds ($75, Sunday). Go to
https://amadorgourdartists.com/ to sign up or for more details.

Open daily free to visitors, Amador Flower Farm is now in full bloom with more than 1,200 varieties of daylilies. Shaded by centuries-old oaks, picnic tables ($5) may be reserved in advance. Call 209-245-6660.

Surrounded by wineries and located about an hour from Sacramento, Amador Flower Farm is located at 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth. For directions and more details: www.amadorflowerfarm.com .

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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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