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Fairy gardens and airplants at Green Acres

Make your own fairy garden at Green Acres.
(Photo: Courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply)
Three locations offer Tuesday evening DIY workshops

Discover some fantastical gardening (made for indoors).

Fairy gardens and airplants are on tap this month during Tuesday evening gardening workshops at
Green Acres Nursery & Supply .

Reservations are now open for both classes, offered at three locations: Elk Grove, Folsom and Rocklin. Class size is limited; sign up at under “July Events.”

At 5:30 p.m. July 23, “DIY Fairy Gardens” will teach participants how to make their own little succulent world. Included in the package are: clay bowl; clay pot; clay saucer; three Fairy Garden accessories such as tiny signs or winged beings; three succulents or foliage plants; and everything needed for planting, such as cactus mix and potting soil. Go home with a unique Fairy Garden to keep or give, plus advice on its maintenance to help it thrive. Class fee is $50.

At 5:30 p.m. July 30, learn all about airplants – the fascinating bromeliad genus, Tillandsia. Native to northern Mexico and southeastern U.S. as well as other parts of the Americas, these unusual plants like to live in places without soil, such as in the crook of branches or on wires. Adapted to their habitats, their silvery leaves can absorb water droplets rapidly, as if they live on air.

How do you keep airplants happy at home? “DIY Workshop: Airplants on Grapewood” shows the keys to success. Included is a suitable piece of grapewood with nooks to establish these epiphytes, three airplants, moss and other supplies. Fee is $25.

Find these workshops at Green Acres in Elk Grove (9220 E. Stockton Blvd.), Folsom (205 Serpa Way) and Rocklin (5436 Crossings Drive).

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– Debbie Arrington


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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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