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Fun family events in Roseville, Placerville this Saturday

The Japanese garden is one of the showpieces of the Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville. (Photo courtesy
Master Gardeners of El Dorado County)
Tour gardens, safely view the sun or catch the buzz on birds and bugs

The weather should be lovely for events this weekend, and there are some terrific ones for gardeners and their families.

In Placerville on Saturday, Feb. 1, the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado open their Sherwood Demonstration Garden for a free public tour. The Sherwood garden, at the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College, has 16 individual demonstration gardens, including a butterfly garden, an orchard, a rock garden and a children's garden.  The tour starts promptly at 9 a.m.

Anyone who takes the tour may wish to stick around for safe solar viewing through the telescopes at the Community Observatory, which is next to the Sherwood garden. The telescopes will be available from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.

Parking is $2 seven days a week at the El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. Exact change is required. No dogs are allowed. For more information on the garden and the El Dorado County master gardener programs, go to .

Kids can meet creepy-crawlies and more at the "Bird and Bug Bonanza"
on Saturday in Roseville. (Photo courtesy City of Roseville)
In Roseville, meanwhile, the Placer County master gardeners will join the City of Roseville in presenting "Bird and Bug Bonanza" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other experts on hand will be from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, California Master Beekeepers, Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District, the Department of Pesticide Regulation and the City of Roseville Stormwater Program.

The free event will include games and activities for the whole family, all part of getting up close and personal with birds and insects, including important pollinators. As a special offering, for a $10 materials fee, participants can build a birdhouse for backyard birds (while supplies last).

"Bird and Bug Bonanza" will be held at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville. Go to for other events on the 2020 calendar.

For information on the Placer County master gardener programs, visit .

-- Kathy Morrison


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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

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