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Camellia Day at Folsom's Murer House


It's camellia time! Learn about this popular flower at Camellia Day at Folsom's Murer House on Feb. 29.
(Photo: Debbie Arrington)
Celebrate popular winter shrub on Feb. 29

This warm February has really brought out the camellias, Sacramento’s official flower.

See scores of beautiful blooms – and learn how to grow this popular shrub – during the sixth annual Camellia Day at the historic Murer House in Folsom.

Set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, Camellia Day will feature a judged camellia competition, guest speakers, raffle and more. Admission is free.

Green Acres’ Greg Gayton will offer tips on camellia care. As a bonus, garden expert Charlotte Owendyk will discuss companion planting and what to grow with camellias. The Camellia Society of Sacramento will help identify camellia varieties and answer questions on camellia care including how to produce award-winning blooms.

Speaking of awards, the public is invited to enter camellias for the Camellia Day show, too. Bring up to five home-grown flowers or a camellia arrangement. Ribbons will be awarded for “People’s Choice,” “Best of Show” and other prize divisions. Entries will be accepted starting at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 29.

In addition, the Murer House and gardens will be open for free tours during Camellia Day. Located at 1125 Joe Murer Court near Folsom’s historic Sutter Street, the landmark was built by Guiseppe Murer, who purchased the site in 1921 and constructed the home in 1925.

Details and directions:
www.murerhouse.org .

– Debbie Arrington

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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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