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Folsom Garden Tour, Spring Garden Faire in Elk Grove on tap

Find spring inspiration at these special weekend events

This lush Folsom garden featuring Japanese maples is part of the 2023 Folsom Garden Tour.

This lush Folsom garden featuring Japanese maples is part of the 2023 Folsom Garden Tour. Photo courtesy Folsom Garden Club

So many flowers! So much to see! Get out this weekend and enjoy spring inspiration as several local clubs, organizations and businesses hold special events. Here are two more:

Folsom Garden Club Tour

The Folsom Garden Club presents its 21st garden tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, rain or shine or 90-degree heat. Known as a “local legend” in Folsom, this tour features seven gardens plus two bonus gardens.

Garden experts will be onsite and artists will be painting in the gardens. The tour also features a plant sale, bake sale and food truck, too.

“The annual Garden Tour is our major fundraising activity,” say the organizers. Proceeds benefit college scholarships, grants and community projects.

Tickets $20, are available online, or at several nurseries and retailers in Folsom.

Details and tickets: or 916-205-3720.

Spring Garden Faire

Saturday and Sunday, the Secret Garden in Elk Grove hosts its annual Spring Garden Faire featuring everything you need to get growing – at 15% off. The Secret Garden offers a great selection of succulents, cacti, vegetables, perennials, houseplants and more plus wonderful pottery for container gardens. Find discounts on water features and garden art, too.

Children’s activities will be offered both days. On Sunday, there will be two free seminars: Composting at 11 a.m.; and epiphyllum (orchid cactus) how-to’s at 2 p.m.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are free.


Also this weekend are: the 75th annual Sacramento Rose Show (Saturday only), the 74th Sacramento Orchid Show (both days), 10th annual Gardens Gone Native Tour (Saturday only), the UC Davis Arborteum Public Plant Sale (Saturday only) and the El Dorado Master Gardeners ornamental plant sale (Saturday only).


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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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