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Discover spring tranquility at Huei's Garden

Famous feng shui oasis in Davis hosts tour on Sunday

Heui Young's private garden in Davis is available to tour this Sunday, April 16, by reservation.

Heui Young's private garden in Davis is available to tour this Sunday, April 16, by reservation. Debbie Arrington

Need a break from your hectic schedule? Celebrate spring tranquility with a visit to Huei’s Garden, the one-of-a-kind feng shui garden oasis in Davis.

Huei Young, who created her Davis oasis at 234 Luz Place, is hosting a fundraising tour of her private garden at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 16. Proceeds from the tour will benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Reservations are limited; email Huei to check for availability at hueis.garden@yahoo.com.

Through her tours, Young has raised thousands of dollars for local charities. She also welcomes garden clubs and is now scheduling spring tours. Suggested donation is $25 per person.

Internationally known, her private garden as well as the public Huei’s City Garden she started on the greenbelt adjacent to her mid-century modern home have been featured on television, in magazines and books as well as local newspapers and blogs.

During the pandemic, Young made several additions to her gardens. She planted fragrant roses along with the scores of perennials and shrubs, nestled under mammoth redwoods.

In October 2019, a windstorm dropped huge limbs from one of those redwoods onto her beloved feng shui garden, wiping out her large covered patio along with a mirrored wall and water features. While staying safe at home during 2020, Young channeled her abundant energy into rebuilding her garden better than ever.

Woman in red hat and magenta sweater in  a garden
Heui Young in her City Garden.

For more than 30 years, Young has been working on the City Garden as well as her own landscape. Open daily to visitors, the City Garden runs along the bike and walking path in her neighborhood in east Davis at the end of Luz Place near Grande Avenue. It includes a permanent bench in memory of her late husband, Frank. In addition, the City of Davis installed an official sign designating that section of the greenbelt “Adopt-a-Park Huei’s City Garden.”

But her private garden is private – except when Young hosts a tour. To arrange a tour, email Young at hueis.garden@yahoo.com.

Details and photos: www.hueis-garden.com.

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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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