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Park Winters offers dried floral 'experiences'

Hands-on opportunity uses bounty of estate's flower-filled gardens

Choose one of three Saturdays, then choose your flowers to make a beautiful winter bouquet at Park Winters.

Choose one of three Saturdays, then choose your flowers to make a beautiful winter bouquet at Park Winters.

Photo courtesy Park Winters

Here’s a series of fun hands-on workshops that took months of planning and preparation: “Pick Your Own Dried Bouquet Experience.”

The staff at Park Winters, a 10-acre private country estate in Yolo County, had to think way ahead before offering these dried-flower workshops: What to plant? When to pick? How to help people use these dehydrated beauties?

The results are gorgeous and available on three upcoming Saturdays: Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18. Visitors can participate between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. any of those days; advance registration ($45) is available at or use this link:

“We’ve been preserving our favorite spring and summer blooms to offer this unique artisanal experience that will bring your inner creative to life,” say the organizers. “Build your arrangement with colorful, preserved flowers and plants that have been collected and dried. Take your time arranging your selection to create the perfect piece to bring home.”

Get expert help, too.

“You’ll have guidance on how to arrange a gorgeous bouquet to decorate your home or gift to a friend,” say the hosts. “You can even use the dried florals to make your own creations at home including garlands, wreaths and more!”

Park Winters is located at 27850 County Road 26, Winters.

Details and directions:


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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