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Cool off at The Secret Garden's Houseplant Happy Hour

Free event features wine, snacks and discounts on indoor plants

Houseplants on shelves
The Secret Garden's Houseplant Happy Hour offers shopping specials as well as
the chance to get great advice on growing houseplants. Snacks, too. (Photo
courtesy The Secret Garden)

When it’s too hot to be outdoors, gardeners can turn their attention to houseplants. Satisfy the urge to nurture while staying out of the midsummer heat. And a cool drink helps, too.

Learn about houseplants while shopping for some new favorites at The Secret Garden’s Houseplant Happy Hour.

Set for 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, this free event invites indoor-plant lovers to explore The Secret Garden’s collection while enjoying complimentary wine and snacks. Giveaways and discounts will be offered; the August Happy Hour special features 15% off on all houseplants and indoor pottery.

It’s also a great opportunity to get advice about houseplants: How much light does a particular plant need? How much water? Which varieties do best in your home’s environment?

Discover unusual varieties and perhaps something you’ve never seen grow before.

According to national polls, indoor gardening is more popular than ever. Houseplant sales jumped 41% in 2021 (over 2020). Among the plants seeing a surge in new popularity are kalanchoes, alocasia and bromeliads. Anything with variegation or multi-colored foliage is hot.

Also popular right now are plants that do a good job filtering indoor air such as dracaena, spathiphyllum or pothos.

The Secret Garden is located at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.

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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

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

* 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 eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* 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.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

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

* Plant garlic and onions.

* 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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