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Learn Sacramento's African-American history on free tour

Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery starts its tour season Feb. 23.
(Photo: Courtesy Historic City Cemetery)
City Cemetery starts tour season Saturday; first garden event March 30

Learn Sacramento history while getting some exercise and enjoying a truly unique resource.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, the Historic City Cemetery starts its series of free guided walking tours with a special event focused on local African-American history, dating back to the Gold Rush.

“We start our 2019 history tours with a celebration of the contributions of Sacramento’s African-American community as they struggled to gain a foothold in a dynamic and often hostile environment,” said the tour organizers. “You’ll meet barbers, doctors, caterers, soldiers, singers, pastors and others who settled the frontier and helped make Sacramento the diverse city that it is today.”

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

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

The cemetery gardens are just about ready to burst into bloom.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)
This tour kicks off the cemetery’s series of events focused on history and its gardens. Next up: “Animal Tales” at 10 a.m. March 2, featuring some of the more memorable animal-related stories associated with the cemetery’s residents.

The garden tour season starts at 10 a.m. March 30 with “Spring Beauties Awaken.” And a highlight of every spring, the cemetery hosts its annual Open Gardens and Rose Sale on April 13.

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- Debbie Arrington


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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

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

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

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

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

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

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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