El Dorado County master gardeners offer workshop Saturday
Gain inspiration from the Shade Garden at the El Dorado County master gardeners’ Sherwood Demonstration Garden.
Courtesy El Dorado County master gardeners
In a region with a notable love of trees, gardeners often face a quandary: What can grow in all that shade?
The UCCE master gardeners of El Dorado County can help with that, offering a free workshop on “Shade Gardening” from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Oct. 29, at their Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville.
“Shade gardens offer cool beauty to your landscape," the master gardeners note. "They add texture, color and flowers. ... Learn what plants thrive in all kinds of shade, dappled to deep."
The Sherwood Demonstration Garden includes a shade garden, plus 15 other garden areas, including an orchard, a rose garden, native plant area and a children’s garden. It is open for strolling both Friday and Saturday this week, from 9 a.m. to noon, part of the Open Garden Day series that continues through November. (Hint: Drop in on your way to Apple Hill.) The garden is at 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville.
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— Kathy Morrison
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