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Perennial Plant Club presents garden podcast host and her new book

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Jennifer Jewell is creator and host of the radio show and podcast "Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden." (Photo courtesy

Jennifer Jewell to speak tonight at Shepard Center

The Sacramento Perennial Plant Club at its monthly meeting tonight, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, presents an appearance by Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of the national award-winning public radio program and podcast "Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden." The meeting at the Shepard Garden & Arts Center is open to the public.

The radio show "Cultivating Place" is a co-production of North State Public Radio in Chico; the podcast can be found on iTunes, Soundcloud or Stitcher. A new episode launches every Thursday morning. Topics span the world of gardening, from the prevalence of "plant blindness" to gardens as community activism, from "The Scentual Garden" to the gardening life of poet Emily Dickinson.

Jewell is a writer, photographer and gardener who was curator of the native plant garden and curatorial assistant to the director of Chico's Gateway Science Museum. For several years she wrote and hosted a regionally focused radio show, "In a North State Garden," for NSPR. Learn more at Jewell's website,

The Shepard Garden and Arts Center is at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.


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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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