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See Davis gardens, artists at work during Pence tour

Gallery combines art and garden appreciation in popular event

"Everything That Bloomed in My Garden” is a painting by Marie-Therese Brown. She’ll be creating a new painting during the annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour.

"Everything That Bloomed in My Garden” is a painting by Marie-Therese Brown. She’ll be creating a new painting during the annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour. Painting by Marie-Therese Brown. Courtesy Pence Gallery

A beautiful garden is filled with inspiration – but what do you do with it?

See for yourself as five artists capture natural beauty in the moment – while helping a local nonprofit art gallery.

On Sunday, May 5, Pence Gallery will host its annual garden tour featuring five private gardens in and around Davis in Yolo County. Each garden features an artist busy trying to capture the moment (but open to questions about their work).

With its combination of art and nature, the Pence tour has become a local favorite. Proceeds support the gallery’s operation and its mission. The gardens are chosen for their “innovation, beauty and creativity in the outdoors” with new gardens featured each year.

“Visit five gorgeous private gardens in Davis on this self-guided tour, and enjoy learning about plant selection from Yolo County master gardeners,” say the organizers. “Artists Marie-Therese Brown, Raquel Cox, Marlene Lee, Barbara Smithson and Teresa Steinbach-Garcia are painting in the gardens from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Stop by the Pence for a special demonstration by Inga Poslitur of her floral paintings from 2 to 5 p.m., or take a quick tour of her exhibit, Renewal,’ at 1 p.m. Also, the first 150 people to visit the Pence can pick up a free snack bag.”

Advance tickets are $25 for gallery members, $30 for non-members. Tickets on tour day are $35 and available at Pence Gallery, 212 D St., Davis.

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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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