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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:

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.

* 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.

and Kathy Morrison


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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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