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River Park Garden Club hosts spring tour

Enjoy unique private Sacramento gardens plus plant and garden art sales

One of seven gardens on Saturday's tour, this backyard went from huge swimming pool to koi pond, Japanese maples and edibles.

One of seven gardens on Saturday's tour, this backyard went from huge swimming pool to koi pond, Japanese maples and edibles. Photos courtesy River Park Garden Club

Enjoy a beautiful spring Saturday while wandering in someone else’s backyard during an enchanting local garden tour.

On Saturday, April 22, the River Park Garden Club hosts its third “Seven Special Garden Spaces” tour. Tickets are just $5 for this neighborhood tour featuring private gardens in the River Park neighborhood near Sacramento State. Gardens will be open from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

On tour day, get your tickets at the corner of Carlson Drive and Camellia Avenue. (Both Carlson and Camellia intersect H Street; go north on either one.) Tickets may also be reserved by calling 916-451-4658.

All seven gardens are unique, says club President Patricia Beach Smith. “There is a friendly dragon in the young-at-heart fantasy garden on the tour, and an immaculately kept garden, with a sense of history and humor. Marvel at the garden that replaced a huge swimming pool with a koi pond, edibles and magnificent Japanese maples.

“Shhhh. One of the gardens is a quiet nesting place for 12 soon-to-be ducklings and their parents,” Smith adds. “Another is a large family garden – with a swimming pool, entertaining areas plus raised vegetable beds and fruit trees.”

At one stop, the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club will offer plants for sale. In another garden, artists will exhibit and sell their garden-centric paintings, jewelry, clothing and garden ornaments.

Club members will be hosts in each garden to answer questions and offer advice.

The club is also seeking candidates for next year’s tour. Prospective gardens will be toured this month. “We need to see them in the spring,” Smith says.

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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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