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Workshop explores 'Miniature Gardening Mania'

Create a miniature garden at a workshop Saturday at The Secret Garden.
(Photo courtesy The Secret Garden)

The Secret Garden shows how to create mini wonderlands

No room for a big garden? Create a mini-garden instead.

Learn how to turn a container into your own little wonderland during an upcoming workshop, “Miniature Gardening Mania,” at The Secret Garden in Elk Grove.

Set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, this hands-on course covers the basics of container gardening with an eye towards creating small dioramas or garden scenes.

“(Learn) everything you need to know to create adorable miniature gardens,” says The Secret Garden on its website. “We’ll be covering such tips as compatibility of plants, using pots with drainage and pots without, how to integrate moisture-loving plants with succulents successfully, and more.”

These tips will come in handy not only for this project, but any container gardening.

Course fee is $20 and includes instruction, soil and amendments. Plants and container are extra, but participants will be able to choose from hundreds of possibilities from The Secret Garden’s selection at a 15 percent discount.

Space will be limited. Call
916-682-6839 to register. Or register online at

The Secret Garden is at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.



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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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