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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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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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