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See Huei's Garden, help new fund

Huei Young will open her Davis garden for a special tour on Oct, 19, her birthday. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

Make reservations now for event at Davis landmark

See a landmark garden – and help launch a fund to support its future.

Huei Young is inviting the public to a special tour of her Asian-inspired garden in Davis at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 – her birthday. The two-hour tour ($25) includes light refreshments as well as her enthusiastic advice.

Funds from this tour will go towards a new fund set up by the City of Davis to support Young’s city garden, a public strip along the city bike path adjacent to her home.

“The city of Davis realizes how pretty the garden is and they want to keep it that way, so they made a special fund to maintain this garden,” Young explained. “It has been hard work for almost 40 years. My wish has come true.”

A longtime Davis resident, Young planted and cared for the strip garden by herself in addition to her own property.

“The city garden is maintained well, but it is more than I can do myself,” she said.

In addition, donations are now being accepted for the upkeep of “Huei’s City Garden” via the City of Davis webpage (find it at ) and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation ( ).

On the foundation page, contributors should look for the link for donations to “YCF Davis Recreation & Community Services (RCS) Program Fund,” then make a notation that the gift is for “Huei’s City Garden.” Checks also are accepted.

The extra funding will help keep the many flowering shrubs and perennials under the massive redwoods mulched, pruned and fertilized.

An expert in feng shui, Young has earned an international reputation while raising funds for several local charities. Her zen-inspired garden features waterfalls, fountains and pools as well as timeless beauty.

To reserve a spot on her Oct 19 morning tour, email her at .


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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

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* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

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