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Workshop: Make a 'hearty' Valentine dish garden

Green Acres hosts special event at five locations

An anthurium is a natural for a Valentine's Day gift -- the red heart-shaped spathe is eye-catching.

An anthurium is a natural for a Valentine's Day gift -- the red heart-shaped spathe is eye-catching.

Kathy Morrison

Looking for a Valentine gift that will grow on your sweetie? Here’s an event that your plant-loving special someone will love. (Or keep it for yourself.)

On Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m., Green Acres Nursery & Supply is hosting “Create Your Own Valentine Pot Up,” an in-store special “Create Class.” The finished creation uses houseplants evocative of the holiday: Their flowers or foliage are shaped like hearts or have red accents.

“Join us for a fun and creative Valentine's Day-themed activity!” says the Green Acres announcement. “Our experienced garden gurus will guide you in creating a unique houseplant pot featuring an Anthurium, Red Margin Peperomia, and a String of Hearts planted in a modern and stylish Modernist Face Planter.”

Besides making the houseplant container garden, participants will get some hands-on plant education.

“Not only will you leave with a beautiful new plant, but also with the knowledge of how to care for it,” says Green Acres. “Perfect as a treat for yourself or a loved one. Space is limited to 20 participants per location.”

Tickets are $45 with registration online here:

The class is offered at five Green Acres locations: Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

For address, directions and more details:


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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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