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Rose sale, tours at Historic City Cemetery

Many roses will be in full glory this weekend at the Historic City Cemetery.
Tours and rose sales will be offered Saturday, with more roses on sale Sunday.
(Photos: Debbie Arrington)
Open Garden Day shows off cemetery's rare roses at their best

Sacramento’s world famous “living library of roses” is ready for its close-up, and it smells heavenly, too.

On Saturday, the Historic City Cemetery hosts its annual Open Gardens celebration with free guided tours, displays and a sale of rare roses cloned from its vast collection. Admission is free.

The sale starts at 9:30 a.m. April 13 and continues through 2 p.m. Tours start at 10:30 a.m. For flower lovers who can’t make Saturday, any remaining roses will be offered for sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14.

Recognized as one of the great rose gardens of the world, the cemetery garden features more than 500 bushes including several varieties found nowhere else in California. These specimens are allowed to grow to their optimal beauty. For example, a white Lady Banks rose climbs nearly to the top of a 60-foot pine tree and cascades with huge bowers of flowers. Several decorative arches are covered with old-time favorites.

Early April is this rose garden’s peak of bloom. This week’s warm weather has coaxed out millions of fragrant flowers.

For the sale, volunteers lovingly nurtured rooted cuttings of some of the cemetery’s most popular roses into mature bushes, ready to plant. These roses are mostly priced at $20 each. See the catalog of roses available here: .

In addition to all those roses, Open Gardens Day also features tours of the cemetery’s Hamilton Square perennial garden, featuring hundreds of unusual Mediterranean varieties, plus the California Native Plant Society demonstration garden and its spectacular California lilacs.

Free parking is available on surface streets surrounding the cemetery. Enter at the main gate, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento.

Details: .

Heritage roses of all kinds bloom this week at Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery.


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

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

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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