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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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* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

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* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

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* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

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* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

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