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River Park Garden Club hosts annual tour

Discover six private gardens with lots of personality

A stone fountain is a focal point in this elegant garden, one of six to be seen on the River Park Garden Tour this Saturday, April 20.

A stone fountain is a focal point in this elegant garden, one of six to be seen on the River Park Garden Tour this Saturday, April 20. Courtesy River Park Garden Club

Gardens are as individual as the gardeners who make them. See for yourself in a neighborhood packed with creative people.

On Saturday, April 20, the River Park Garden Club hosts its fourth annual neighborhood tour featuring “Special Garden Spaces.” These landscapes are very personal and inviting.

One garden features friendly koi in a pond among garden sculptures, fruit trees, succulents and perennials in bloom. Another includes an “artist’s retreat” – a personalized studio among the flowers and Japanese maples.

“The tour will also feature a large garden made for entertaining as well as self-reflection. It has its own meditation platform,” say the organizers. “The smallest garden has a big heart with elegant plant vignettes that include pots handmade by the owner’s grandchildren. Antique farm equipment in another of the gardens serves as trellises and interesting notes along with a large modern greenhouse filled with bromeliads.

“The sixth garden combines exotic herbs, greens, vegetables, fruit trees and a beautiful rose garden,” they add. “Everything in this garden is grown from seeds or cuttings! Talk about having a green thumb!”

Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are only $5 and available on tour day, beginning at 9:45 a.m., at the ticket table in front of Caleb-Greenwood School, 5457 Carlson Drive (at Camellia Avenue), Sacramento. Tickets also may be reserved in advance by calling 916-454-5637.

Children age 14 and younger admitted free with an adult. No baby strollers allowed in the gardens.

In addition, a master gardener will be on hand to answer visitors’ gardening questions from 11 a.m. to noon. An artists’ boutique will feature garden-oriented art and crafts.

More details: https://riverparkgardenclub.yolasite.com/.

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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

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* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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