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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 March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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