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Placer County Garden Faire part of busy Saturday


A butterfly alights on a Phacelia tanacetifolia (tansy-leafed phacelia), a California native. "Pollinators and Native Plants" will be among the topics covered Saturday at the Placer master gardeners' Garden Faire. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Master gardeners host big event at Maidu Center


So many events, so little time!

Local garden event organizers will make the most of this sunny Saturday forecast with lots of things to do:
Open Gardens at the Historic City Cemetery, the Sacramento Orchid Show at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, the ABA Bonsai Show at Shepard Center and the first River Park Garden Tour . (Find details on all of those by following the links.)

Here’s another to consider, especially for folks in Placer County.

The Placer County master gardeners will host their fourth annual Garden Faire, featuring dozens of local vendors and clubs, speakers, workshops, plant sale (with lots of succulents), food trucks, kids’ activities and more. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, the Maidu Center will be bustling with garden activity.

Among the featured speakers: Master gardener programs manager Kevin Marini will share “Top 10 Tips on Vegetable Gardening,” 11:15 a.m.; landscape architect Robert Littlepage will discuss “The Future of Water,” 12:30 p.m.; and Pollinator Posse founder Tora Rocha will talk about birds, bees, butterflies and more during “Pollinators and Native Plants,” 2 p.m.

Among the clubs participating is the Sierra Foothills Rose Society, which will offer expert rose advice. (The club will also have a few potted roses for sale.)

Maidu Center is located at 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville. Admission is free. Details: http://pcmg.ucanr.org/

Some other notable events in the region during this jam-packed spring weekend:

* It’ll be Second Saturday Open Garden Day at the El Dorado County master gardeners’ Sherwood Demonstration Garden. 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13. Topics will be tips for successful vegetable gardening, growing succulents, and companion planting. Fruit tree pruning demonstration in the orchard. Site features 16 individual themed gardens designed around low-water, low-maintenance plants that do well in El Dorado County. No dogs allowed. $2 parking charged by Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center seven days a week. Exact change required. 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville. mgeldorado.ucanr.edu

* The Stockton Asparagus Festival starts today (April 12) and continues through Sunday. San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1650 S. Airport Way, Stockton. Music, sprint car races, activities and lots of asparagus-focused food. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. $15 general admission (1 day), $12 children 6-17, 5 and under admitted free. $6 parking. http://www.sanjoaquinasparagusfestival.net/

and Kathy Morrison

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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