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The Secret Garden hosts Succulent Extravaganza

Huge sale and educational event set for Memorial Day weekend

Find all types of succulents -- such as these Crassula perforata, aka String of Buttons -- during The Secret Garden's Succulent Extravaganza.

Find all types of succulents -- such as these Crassula perforata, aka String of Buttons -- during The Secret Garden's Succulent Extravaganza.

Photo courtesy The Secret Garden

Succulents are all the rage with water-wise gardeners – and plant collectors, too. Their striking geometric shapes (and ability to survive where other plants struggle) make them attractive to a wide range of plant lovers.

This Memorial Day weekend, find a huge assortment of hard-to-find succulents – and discounts, too – during The Secret Garden’s annual Succulent Extravaganza.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 27-29, the Elk Grove destination nursery will offer “selection, education and inspiration” on succulents – plus 15% discounts on plants and terra cotta pottery. In addition, the first 25 customers (with $50 purchase) on Saturday and Sunday will receive a free gift.

“Join us Memorial Weekend for Succulent Extravaganza and experience the vast selection of succulents and cacti, both in variety and sizes available,” says The Secret Garden’s staff. “We hear it every day from our customers that we have the very best selection.”

Thousands of plants will be in stock along with the perfect pots to put them in.

“Extravaganza is also about sharing our knowledge so you can be successful with your plants,” says the staff. “Come prepared to take a self-paced learning tour through our ‘sun exposure’ zones so we can teach you about the different light requirements for succulent success in our Sacramento area. Learn about different ways to propagate succulents and why using succulent soil matters. Need some design inspiration? We’ve got ‘Plant by Number’ examples in each sun zone to share our design tips.”

The Secret Garden is pet- and kid-friendly, too.

“This is our way of saying thank you for choosing to shop with us and keeping it local!” the staff adds.

Admission and parking are free. The Secret Garden is located at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.

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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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