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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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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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