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Walk with Warren and enjoy fall foliage

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Warren Roberts will regale visitors with stories and information about plants in the UC Davis Arboretum on
Wednesday, Nov. 13. (Photo courtesy UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden)

UC Davis Arboretum tour set for noon Nov. 13

Get out and enjoy this amazing fall weather – and beautiful foliage, too – during another “Walk with Warren.”

Set for noon Wednesday, Nov. 13, this free guided tour of the UC Davis Arboretum will be led by famous plantsman and storyteller Warren Roberts, the arboretum’s superintendent emeritus and all-around expert. Beloved for his plant puns as well as encyclopedic knowledge, Roberts is a delightful lunchtime companion. He’ll show off the arboretum’s autumn bloomers as well as other fall highlights.

Meet Roberts at the Arboretum Gazebo. Free one-hour parking is available along Garrod Drive near the gazebo. Or park in Visitor Lot 55 ($9) and stay longer.

After this November gathering, Roberts has one more tour scheduled for 2019 at noon Dec. 11.

Details and directions: .


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For week of Oct. 1:

Make the most of this cooler weather. Get to work on your fall garden:

* October is the best month to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Plants become established – sending down deep, strong roots – faster in warm soil.

* Divide and replant perennials. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to the planting hole, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioli, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

* Clean up the summer vegetable garden and compost disease-free foliage.

* Harvest pumpkins and winter squash.

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