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Take a ramble through a 1-acre native plant garden

See fall color and growth, wildflowers and wildlife

Patricia Carpenter's 1-acre garden west of Davis will be open to pre-registered visitors on Sunday.

Patricia Carpenter's 1-acre garden west of Davis will be open to pre-registered visitors on Sunday.

Courtesy Patricia Carpenter

Revel in fall air and fall color by taking a stroll this Sunday through a native plant expert's rambling Yolo County property.

Patricia Carpenter, a California Native Plant Society Garden Ambassador, will open her secluded 1-acre garden for free self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Pre-registration is required and available here. Carpenter's non-native garden also will be open to view.

Started in 2005, the garden is off Russell Boulevard and Pierce Ranch Road west of Davis. It features more than 400 species and cultivars of California natives. Carpenter says the plantings are roughly grouped into natural communities that include a redwood grove (inherited), coastal, valley grassland, foothill, slough edge and desert areas.  A map of the layout is on the Garden Ambassdor page.

Carpenter herself will be present at 10 a.m. and noon for an optional orientation and Q&A session.

Miridae Mobile Plant Nursery also will be on hand with a selection of native plants for sale. See the current inventory here.

The garden ramble will go forward rain or shine. Visitors are advised to wear sturdy shoes; masks are optional. Snacks or lunch may be brought along, and a composting toilet is available.

No dogs, please. 

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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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