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This hands-on workshop has a twist: Carnivorous plants

Exotic Plants hosts Saturday evening class featuring bug-eating beauties

Bowl container with pitcher plants in it
The Exotic Plants bog bowl project features carnivorous plants. (Photo courtesy
Exotic Plants)

Looking for something totally different? This hands-on workshop focuses on the beauty of bug-eating plants.

Exotic Plants, Sacramento’s go-to indoor gardening store, is hosting a “Carnivorous Plant Arrangement Workshop,” featuring pitcher plants, Venus flytraps and other bug-munching flora.

Set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, the 90-minute workshop includes all the materials and plants needed for a living arrangement to take home. Price varies ($65 or $85) by choice of container; workshop participants can make a tabletop bog bowl or a mounted cork arrangement with pitcher plants to hang on a wall.

“The bog bowl class includes an American pitcher plant, Venus fly trap, butterwort and an octopus plant as well as all the materials you will need to create your own small carnivorous plant garden,” says the Exotic Plants crew.

“If that doesn’t pique your interest, there also is a Nepenthes mount class where we will show you how to mount your Nepenthes a.k.a tropical pitcher plant onto corkwood. We hope you'll join the fun, and will take a bite out of this fun class!”

Tickets are available via at .

Exotic Plants is located at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. .


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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

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