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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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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* 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 – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

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

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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