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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: https://mgeldorado.ucanr.edu/

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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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