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In time for Father's Day, Exotic Plants hosts fun evening

Here’s an interesting pairing: Bonsai and beer!

Bonsai tree and two glasses of beer
"Swig & Dig" at Exotic Plants this Friday evening. (Photo courtesy Exotic Plants)

Just in time for Father’s Day, Exotic Plants – Sacramento’s go-to source for houseplants – will host a special “Swig & Dig” workshop, teaching the gardening art of bonsai. While putting together their “little trees in pots,” attendees will also enjoy some local craft beer and tasty snacks.

Set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, this in-person workshop will be taught by Exotic Plants founder Kifumi Keppler, who has decades of bonsai experience. She studied the art of bonsai in her native Japan and learned how to cultivate these special plants from her family. Keppler has taught bonsai at her Sacramento store since 1972.

Tickets are $100 per person and include: a Bonsai tree; a planter; decorative elements and planting material; and one beer (per adult attendee). Participants will take home their new bonsai.

Details and tickets:

In addition to in-person events, Exotic Plants will continue to host free Zoom workshops this summer. Up next: “Summer Plant Care Tips” at 5:30 p.m. June 30. To get the Zoom link, sign up for Exotic Plants newsletter via its website.

Exotic Plants is located at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. For more information or directions: or call 916-922-4769.


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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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