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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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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

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

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* 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. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

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

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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