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Walk with Warren still set for Wednesday

Warren Roberts is superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum. A stroll with him is priceless -- and free. (Photo courtesy UC Davis Arboretum)

Smoke hasn't canceled -- yet -- this popular free event at UC Davis Arboretum

Fall in the arboretum is not to be missed, especially when accompanied by a pun-loving plantsman.

While other events have been canceled due to smoky conditions, this beloved tradition will go on -- at least tentatively.

Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus for the UC Davis Arboretum, plans to lead his popular Walk with Warren at noon Wednesday, Nov. 14. Current air quality forecasts call for Wednesday conditions to be better than Monday or Tuesday, although still unhealthful for strenuous exercise.

This free event will be a story-filled stroll -- not jog -- through the arboretum's gardens and an opportunity to chat with Roberts, one of our area's most knowledgeable plant authorities. Filled with botany-based puns, he's also very engaging and makes any visit to the arboretum memorable.

His November walk focuses on the changing season including the arboretum's many colorful trees, finally displaying their fall foliage.

Meet at the Arboretum Gazebo on the UC Davis campus. Parking ($9 for a daily pass) is available on Garrod Drive or in Visitor Lot 55.


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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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