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Celebrate Mother's Day weekend with East Sac Garden Tour

Popular Sacramento tradition returns, benefits David Lubin School

Expect to see gorgeous gardens in bloom as well as stunning homes during the East Sac Garden Tour this Saturday and Sunday.

Expect to see gorgeous gardens in bloom as well as stunning homes during the East Sac Garden Tour this Saturday and Sunday. Kathy Morrison

A beloved Mother’s Day weekend tradition returns to East Sacramento. Besides a look inside private homes and gardens, it also provides a chance to get distinctly Sacramento Mother’s Day gifts.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, hundreds of patrons will be strolling the neighborhood near David Lubin Elementary School as part of the annual East Sac Garden Tour.

Stunning homes and gardens will be open to visitors with each house packed with spring inspiration.

This year, this popular tour will bring back its Wine Garden and Raffle event at Sutter Lawn Tennis Club, too. (That’s a separate ticket and open to patrons age 21 and up; children and youth may enter the Wine Garden if accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.)

Another big draw for this tour is open free to the public: The boutique, cafe and art show held at David Lubin School. The boutique will feature about 30 local businesses and entrepreneurs specializing in made-in-Sacramento goods. The cafe boasts four local food trucks, too.

Tour tickets ($20) are available in advance online and at a few retailers including: East Sacramento Hardware, Talini’s Nursery, Summer Porch and The Kitchen Table. On tour day, tickets will be sold at David Lubin School, 3535 M St., Sacramento. Children age 12 and younger admitted free.

Wine Garden tickets are $15 and available online in advance or at the school on tour weekend.

Tour and boutique hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. both days. All proceeds directly benefit students at David Lubin School including music, art and STEAM programs.

Details and tickets: https://www.eastsacgardentour.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.

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