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Make reservations now to tour famous garden

Red lanterns and a mirrored fence accent one of the many water features in Huei's Garden. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

Huei Young's Asian-inspired oasis raises funds for local charities

Here’s an opportunity to see a world-famous Asian-inspired garden while helping others.

Huei Young is now taking tour reservations from local groups and garden clubs who would like to visit her private garden in Davis.

Young conducts tours for groups of 20 or more to raise money for such charities as Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Northern California. A $25 donation includes her homemade Asian refreshments as well as time in the garden.

“This garden has become a landmark in Davis,” she said. “I turned nothing into something. This is a labor of love.”

Featured in magazines and on HGTV, “Huei’s Garden” attracts hundreds of visitors each year. Over the past five years, tours of her garden have raised thousands of dollars for Shriners Hospitals' comprehensive Cerebral Palsy Program as well as other charities.

Huei Young has worked on her garden for nearly 50 years.
“I raised $5,000 in three hours,” Young said proudly of her April Shriners tour. “It makes me feel so good. The garden has helped me help so many children.”

Now in her 70s, Young has been working on her garden for almost 50 years. She still considers it a work in progress.

“At my age, if I can give, I will,” Young said. “People fall in love with my garden. I show people what one woman can do to touch people’s lives.”

To arrange a tour or learn more: or email


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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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