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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.

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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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