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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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The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

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