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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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