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Discover Woodlake during home tour

Tudor-inspired homes like this one are typical of the Woodlake neighborhood, focus of Preservation Sacramento's Historic Home Tour on Sunday. (Photo courtesy Preservation Sacramento)
Preservation Sacramento spotlights picturesque neighborhood

It’s one of Sacramento’s most picturesque neighborhoods, yet many locals have never seen it – or know where it is.

Sunday, discover Woodlake during Preservation Sacramento’s 44th annual Historic Home Tour.

This is only the second time the event – Sacramento’s longest-running home tour – has ventured outside the Grid into an outlying neighborhood. (The other was Elmhurst.)

“It’s a treat to walk through this neighborhood,” Luis Sumpter said. “It’s incredibly charming. It’s a

1920s piece of Americana.”

With its first custom homes built in 1922, Woodlake is part of what was originally North Sacramento. It’s bordered by Del Paso Boulevard, Arden Way and Highway 160.

Its winding streets deliberately contrasted with Sacramento’s logical straight-line grid. Those country-style lanes have names that echo Olde England – Oxford, Canterbury, Lochbrae – with Tudor-style homes to match.

Developers dubbed it “Sacramento’s Pasadena” and compared the tract to other tree-studded neighborhoods such as Chicago’s Lake Forest and San Francisco’s Saint Francis Wood. With a man-made lake and centuries-old oaks, Woodlake evoked that same country estate feel – only five minutes from the Capitol.

Massive oaks still dot the neighborhood, shading grand homes and quaint cottages. Five examples of Woodlake’s classic styles plus one historic office building will be featured during this popular event.

The tour is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Advance tickets are $30 and available online. On tour day, tickets are $35 and available at the ticket booth in Woodlake Park, 500 Arden Way, Sacramento.



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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

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.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

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

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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