Garden Smart magazine earns top honors in international competition
The Garden Smart magazine is still available online for Sacramento-area gardeners.
Regional Water Authority
Arrington received the Gold Medal of Achievement for “Garden Smart,” a 16-page magazine she produced for the Regional Water Authority that focused on the beautiful and easy-care side of water-wise gardening. The magazine earlier won a Silver Award from the same organization, making it a finalist for a writing Gold Medal.
Distributed in local nurseries, Garden Smart is still available online. Read it here:https://issuu.com/news_review/docs/garden_rgb?e=2059002/87339442.
“The GardenComm Media Awards showcase writers, photographers, editors, videographers, social media managers, publishers, and trade companies that have demonstrated excellence in garden communications in print or electronic communications,” says Maria Zampini, president of GardenComm.
This was Arrington’s second Gold Medal and fifth award overall from GardenComm, previously the Garden Writers Association.
Since the early 1980s, the GardenComm Media Awards program has recognized outstanding writing, photography, graphic design and illustration for books, newspaper stories, magazine articles and other works focused on gardening.
The full list of winners are available on the GardenComm website at https://gardencomm.org/GardenComm-Honors-Awards-Media-Awards-2022-Winners.
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For week of March 19:
Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.
* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.
* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.
* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.
* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.
* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.
* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.
* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.
* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.
* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.
* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.
* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.
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