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Folsom opens its gardens during annual tour

'Gardens of Folsom' spotlights seven private landscapes plus two bonus gardens

Proceeds from the "Gardens of Folsom" tour  this weekend support scholarships for local students as well as local garden projects.

Proceeds from the "Gardens of Folsom" tour this weekend support scholarships for local students as well as local garden projects. Courtesy Folsom Garden Club

Folsom celebrates spring in style with the 22nd annual Gardens of Folsom tour.

Hosted by the Folsom Garden Club, this lovely tour showcases gorgeous private gardens – for a good cause. Proceeds support scholarships for local students as well as local garden projects.

Set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, the tour will feature seven private gardens – plus two bonus gardens – within easy driving distance.

Tickets are $20; children and youth age 15 and younger are admitted free with an adult.

Throughout the gardens, you’ll find master gardeners on hand to answer your gardening questions, and artists painting in the gardens,” say the organizers. “We have a plant sale, too, loaded with horticultural treasures at bargain prices at the Murer House, 1125 Joe Murer Court, Folsom.

And then there’s our famous bake sale, which offers amazingly yummy delights. Insider tip: the bake sale always sells out fast, so get there early before the tasty treats disappear. Also, enjoy a fabulous on-site food truck and an exciting raffle.”

Tickets are available online via the link below or at the tour’s Garden No. 2, 118 Buck Circle, Folsom, CA.

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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.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* 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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