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Discover 'Open Garden Days' at Sherwood Garden

Get advice from master gardeners; plant sales coming soon

The All-Stars area at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden showcases plants designated Arboretum All-Stars by the UC Davis Arboretum -- plants that grow well in our region.

The All-Stars area at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden showcases plants designated Arboretum All-Stars by the UC Davis Arboretum -- plants that grow well in our region.

Photo courtesy El Dorado County master gardeners

With the return of sunshine and rapidly warming weather, spring has finally arrived – and so has our urge to get outdoors. See what’s happening at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center in Placerville.

On Friday and Saturday mornings, April 7 and 8, the El Dorado County master gardeners will host Open Garden Days at Sherwood.

“As Master Gardeners, we are committed to educating the general public on sustainable horticulture and pest management practices based on traditional, current, and evolving research,” say the organizers.

“It is our goal that the Sherwood Demonstration Garden will provide the public with a hands-on, interactive experience about research-based, sustainable gardening practices specific to the west slope of El Dorado County, appropriate for all ages and cultures, and reflective of a variety of environments and gardening experiences.”

What will visitors see at Sherwood? “There are 16 individual demonstrations gardens ranging from the Shade Garden to the Rock Garden and everything in between!” say the master gardeners.

During these two mornings, see the master gardeners as they tend their specialties at Sherwood. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions, get advice and learn new skills.

Open Garden Days are 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.

Can’t make it this week? The El Dorado County master gardeners will host Open Garden Days every Friday and Saturday in April (as long as the weather stays fine).

On April 15 and 29, enjoy something extra at these events: Spring plant sales! The April 15 sale will feature plants for edible gardening – tomatoes, vegetables, fruit trees, herbs and more. (See the edibles list on the link below. The tomato variety list is two pages long!)

The April 29 sale will focus on ornamentals such as trees, shrubs, grasses, succulents, native and perennial plants.

Sherwood Demonstration Garden is located at 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville.

Details and directions:


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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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