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See hidden garden gems of Tahoe Park

Sacramento neighborhood hosts garden tour, plant sale

This lavender lover's garden was part of the 2022 Tahoe Park Garden Tour. The 2024 self-guided neighborhood tour starts at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 18.

This lavender lover's garden was part of the 2022 Tahoe Park Garden Tour. The 2024 self-guided neighborhood tour starts at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 18. Courtesy Tahoe Park Garden Tour

Get to know another Sacramento neighborhood and its hidden garden gems during the annual Tahoe Park Garden Tour. Set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, this tour emphasizes nature and variety as well as community spirit.

“Experience the wonder of nature in Tahoe Park!” say the hosts. The tour is not just a neighborhood stroll, but “a day of green thumbs, vibrant blooms, and community spirit!”

“The Tahoe Park Garden Tour … provides an opportunity to bring neighbors together to share in the beauty of gardens,” say the organizers. “From drought-tolerant gardens to unique backyards, each garden provides inspiration and reflection.”

UC master gardeners will be stationed in the gardens to answer questions. The organizers also will host a plant sale with plenty of flowers as well as veggies.

“This isn’t just any garden tour; it’s a journey into the heart of our community’s passion for gardening and nature,” add the hosts. “And here’s the best part – all proceeds from the event will benefit our very own Tahoe Elementary School!”

Tickets ($10) can be purchased online or in person. Youths under age 18 are admitted free.

Tour organizers encourage patrons to bring children. “Parents and guardians, this is a wonderful opportunity for your kids to connect with nature, learn about the environment, and spend a day filled with fun and education outside of the classroom,” they say. “Let’s inspire our youth to grow their love for gardening and the great outdoors.”

For those who purchase online tickets, you can pickup your program and map of all gardens at the Garden Headquarters, 5959 Eighth Ave., Sacramento, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. That’s also where tickets will be sold the day of the event. Then tour participants may wander the gardens in any order.

Details and tickets: https://www.tahoeparkgardentour.com/.

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

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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