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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 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

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

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

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

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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