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Santa alert! The Plant Foundry hosts holiday open house

Dog adoptions, music and more at special event in Oak Park

At The Plant Foundry, Aretha the cat recently supervised the opening of the Christmas tree lot. She now is ready to greet Santa and all visitors to the nursery's Holiday Open House this Saturday.

At The Plant Foundry, Aretha the cat recently supervised the opening of the Christmas tree lot. She now is ready to greet Santa and all visitors to the nursery's Holiday Open House this Saturday.

Photo courtesy The Plant Foundry

Santa is coming to Oak Park and so are some furry friends. At this holiday stop, they’ll be surrounded by happy gardeners and lots of beautiful plants.

The Plant Foundry, Oak Park’s neighborhood urban nursery, is hosting its annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Admission is free.

After a Covid hiatus, this Sacramento tradition returns with all the holiday trappings including a visit by Santa Claus, raffles and festive music provided by DJ Jammin’ Jo. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, cider and cookies.

Need a new friend? Four adoptable dogs from 4R Friends, aka the Street Vets, will meet and greet patrons.

Got Felco tools? A Felco representative will be there to sharpen pruners, loppers and more.

A large fluffy car asleep inside a cedar wreath
"Awreatha" also has inspected cedar wreaths.

In advance of the open house, The Plant Foundry’s Christmas tree lot is already open. As always, it’s supervised by Aretha, the store cat, who has her eye on some cedar wreaths.

Besides an excellent selection of bare-root fruit trees and perennials, The Plant Foundry has a wide range of gift ideas for gardeners and plant lovers. Check out its assortment at its online store:

The Plant Foundry is located at 3500 Broadway, Sacramento.

For more details on the open house and other special events:

-- Debbie Arrington


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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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