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It’s Fall Garden Faire time at The Secret Garden

Succulents are a highlight at The Secret Garden.
(Courtesy The Secret Garden)

Elk Grove's destination nursery offers bargains on succulents, fruit trees, bamboos, roses and more

Get inspired for the new season and the garden year ahead at the annual Fall Garden Faire at The Secret Garden in Elk Grove.

Set for
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, this event spotlights plants that benefit from fall planting such as perennials and shrubs. Fruit trees, bamboos and roses also will be featured with large discounts (30 percent). Many other plants also will be on sale.

A highlight will be thousands of succulents, along with tips on how to create a low-water landscape, container gardens and more. The Secret Garden has become a destination nursery for succulent lovers with a wide selection of these drought-tolerant favorites.

The Secret Garden gets a jump on Halloween decorating with pumpkins and other fall decorating material. Shopping early for the holidays? Find statuary, fountains and other garden gifts.

UC Cooperative Extension master gardeners will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day to answer questions, identify mystery plants, solve problems and offer advice on plant selection.

The Secret Garden has had a busy year, expanding its nursery area. Recent renovations upgraded pathways, making them easier to navigate on foot or wheels.

The Secret Garden is located just off Highway 99 at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove . For more details: .

- Debbie Arrington


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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* 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 fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* 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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