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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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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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