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Learn about oaks, more at UC Davis Arboretum

Learn all about  the UC Davis Arboretum's oaks -- such as the ones reflected here in Putah Creek -- during UC Davis Biodiversity Day on Saturday. Earlier, on Wednesday, take a free Walk with Warren, also in the Arboretum. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
Take a winter 'Walk with Warren,' bring whole family to Learning Day

See what’s happening at the UC Davis Arboretum – and learn a lot – during two events this week.

At noon Wednesday, Feb. 12, everybody’s favorite arboretum guide, Warren Roberts, will lead a pun-filled and informative tour during his monthly “Walk with Warren.” The arboretum’s superintendent emeritus will highlight winter bloomers and early signs of spring during this free walking tour. Meet at the Arboretum Gazebo – and wear comfortable shoes.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, let the arboretum be the learning zone for your whole family during the UC Davis Biodiversity Learning Day. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., go behind the scenes to explore and engage with scientists and students as you learn about the diversity of life on campus. The arboretum’s exploration will take place under the trees in the Shields Oak Grove.

Join oak expert Emily Griswold on an informative tour of the grove. Play oak-centric games and win prizes. Learn about what’s inside an oak gall and much more. Admission is free.

On Learning Day, a dozen different university museums will participate in this popular event designed for all ages.

For more details and maps of both events: .


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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* 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 – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

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

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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