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Get hip at the Historic City Cemetery rose garden

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Rose hips bring new colors to the Historic City Cemetery in fall.
(Photo: Judy Eitzen, courtesy of the Historic Rose Garden)

Tour: Sacramento's world famous Victorian collection shows off fall fruit and flowers

Each October, Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery rose garden puts on a show like no other. With varieties dating back to Victorian days, the world-famous collection of old garden roses turns hippy.

See for yourself and learn about this unique living library of roses during a special tour Saturday, Oct. 13. Led by garden curator Anita Clevenger, "October Encore in the Historic Rose Garden" tours the garden at its fall finest. That includes more than flowers.

As the bushes prepare for winter, they form fruit -- bright orange, red or yellow hips. Just as these roses are different from garden varieties, so are the hips, which come in many forms.

These sprays of hips add a festive seasonal touch to the cemetery collection, a member of the Great Rosarians of the World hall of fame.

Besides the hips, plenty of fragrant roses will still be in bloom and on beautiful display. Cooler weather brings out flowers' brighter colors as well as red hues in foliage.

Starting at 10 a.m., the free 90-minute tour starts at the cemetery's main gate, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Donations are welcome. Street parking is available.

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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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