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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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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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