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Learn about Masons during cemetery tour

Tour the gardens of the Historic City Cemetery while learning about the Masons buried there. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Group connected to early American and California history

Ever wonder about the eye and pyramid on the back of a dollar bill? Here’s your chance to find out.

Discover a chapter of early California and American history during a free tour of Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, “Masons” will explore the lore behind the Freemasons – a secretive brotherhood that helped shape the making of a nation.

Our $1 bill carries a Masonic symbol.
(Photo: Debbie Arrington)
Originally started in England, the Freemasons (or Masons) became established in colonial America with the first lodge founded in Boston in 1733. Several of America’s founding fathers including George Washington were Masons. Some remnants of Masonic symbolism still appear on U.S. currency.

California’s early leaders included several Masons, some of whom now reside at the City Cemetery. “On this tour, you’ll hear stories of some of the residents that were Masons, and we’ll even have some Masons shedding light on the ways and the history of the Masons not only in Sacramento, but around the world,” said the tour organizers.

Besides learning history, patrons also get a chance to see the cemetery’s famous gardens in their fall foliage. Meet at the cemetery’s main gate, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Free parking is available on surface streets. Wear comfortable shoes; this is a walking tour.


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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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