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Folsom Garden Club hosts spring plant sale

No garden tour this weekend, but club hosts special event at Murer House

Murer House
The 1920s classic Murer House this weekend will be
the site of the Folsom Garden Club's plant sale
and craft festival, a smaller version of the
club's usual late April event. (Photo courtesy

Local garden clubs continue to take cautious baby steps back into “normal” activities. Spring is giving several groups a big push.

Among them is the Folsom Garden Club. This weekend, it will host its Spring Plant Sale and Crafts Festival at the Murer House, 1125 Joe Murer Court, Folsom.

Sale hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25. Expect to find lots of vegetable seedlings as well as annual flowers, perennials, herbs and more.

Proceeds will benefit the club’s college scholarship fund as well as support grants and community projects.

Usually, the Folsom Garden Club hosts its annual garden tour the last weekend in April, featuring beautiful local gardens, a bake sale, crafts fair and more. But due to the uncertainty surrounding such large public events this spring due to COVID, that tour has been canceled.

Instead, the club will rely on smaller scale events – such as this weekend’s spring plant sale and craft festival – to do its fundraising and share the love of gardening.

For more details:

Boasting its own fine gardens, the Murer House is once again open for tours – but only once a month. Docents lead public tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.

For more on the Murer House:

- Debbie Arrington


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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