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See Mah and more on Midtown Garden Tour

Holly Whitman's garden at 28th and F is part of the Midtown Garden Tour.
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Tour spotlights gardens on Sacramento's Grid as well as a local legend

Midtown Sacramento is growing in more ways than one.

See for yourself during the second Midtown Garden Tour.

Set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, this tour features 15 unique private gardens spread out over midtown and downtown Sacramento.

“(It’s) midtown gardens and friends,” said Holly Whitman, one of the tour’s organizers. “We opened the tour to anyone who gardens the Grid, not just midtown.”

Whitman’s own garden at F and 28th streets will be featured on the tour. Three years ago, the site was an empty lot. Now, it’s packed with edible as well as ornamental plants.

Tickets ($10) are available at, the tour’s website. On tour day, get tickets at New Era Community Garden, 204 26th St., Sacramento. Proceeds benefit the Alchemist Community Development Corporation, a local non-profit focused on food access.

In Daisy Mah's garden, a pond of pitcher plants is surrounded by succulents.
(Photo: Debbie Arrington)
Highlighting the tour again will be the private garden of Daisy Mah, a Sacramento legend. A longtime city parks employee, Mah is best known for her work at the WPA Rock Garden in William Land Park. Her backyard is packed with perennials and pollinator favorites. (Don’t miss her ponds dedicated to carnivorous plants!)

Several gardens are devoted to food production. Backyard chickens (and custom coops) will be spotlighted. So will backyard beehives.

A map of the homes as well as photos and descriptions are now available online.

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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

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

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* 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.

* 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 eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* 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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