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Can native plants help save the world?

Learn how from the creator of the Gottlieb Native Garden

She turned a suburban backyard into her own wildlife sanctuary. Her secret? She planted lots of California natives.
Meet Susan Gottlieb, an author and dedicated environmentalist, who will share her story of how people can help save the world – one garden at a time.
Gottlieb will be the guest speaker at a special evening event at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Putah Creek Lodge on the UC Davis campus. Admission and parking in the lodge lot are free.
Hosted by the UC Davis Arboretum and the School of Veterinary Medicine, Gottlieb will discuss her own native garden as well as ways to restore habitat for wildlife and protect biodiversity.
So full of wildlife, the Gottlieb Native Garden has become a living laboratory for researchers including Dr. Lisa Tell, director of UC Davis’ Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program.
Susan Gottlieb will appear at UC Davis' Putah Creek
Lodge on April 26. (Photos courtesy UC Davis

Scott Logan, the garden’s naturalist, will join Gottlieb for a discussion of her garden and the importance of growing native plants. Afterwards, Gottlieb will sign copies of her photo-packed book, “The Gottlieb Native Garden: A California Love Story,” which will be available for sale ($50). Proceeds from book sales at the event will benefit the arboretum and the university’s hummingbird program.
Event details and directions: or call 530-752-4880.
Learn more about Gottlieb and her garden at: .
The Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills is a living laboratory for naturalists and researchers.


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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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