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'Animal Tales' recount Sacramento critter history

Learn the symbolism behind monument carvings as well as stories
about Sacramento's notable 19th century animal residents.
(Photo: Courtesy Historic City Cemetery)
Historic City Cemetery hosts rescheduled tour Saturday

With warm and sunny weather in the forecast Saturday, Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery will bring back a popular tour that got rained out in early March. Besides, the cemetery gardens have never looked lovelier.

The gardens of the Historic City Cemetery
are now in full bloom.
(Photo: Debbie Arrington)
Enjoy the flowers – along with critter lore – during “Animal Tales,” a fun- and anecdote-filled walking tour of the cemetery and its gardens.

Animals – wild or domestic – played a big part of life in early Sacramento. Discover some of the more interesting animal-related stories associated with Sacramento’s pioneers and 1800s residents.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, this guided tour will recall tales of pet bears, boas, parakeets and escaped monkeys as well as note the area’s famous horsemen, cattle ranchers, ostrich farmers, beekeepers and more. Also learn some of the animal symbolism used on cemetery monuments.

Admission is free. All ages are welcome; wear sensible shoes for the cemetery’s gravel paths.

Meet at the cemetery’s main gate, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Free street parking is available.

This tour is part of a year-long series, exploring Sacramento history. Upcoming topics include “Sacramento, The Soul of the Railroad” (May 4), “Stonecutters, Sacramento’s First Artists” (May 18) and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (June 1).

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If you missed Open Gardens on April 13, there's still a chance to see the cemetery's famous gardens on this April 20 guided tour (and learn some fun Sacramento history, too). (Photo: Debbie Arrington)


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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.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash. Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias. Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom. April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

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