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Welcome to an 'Hour' of weddings, roses

SDG's Debbie Arrington among experts at Fair Oaks event

Early Fair Oaks residents may have grown roses such as this Lady Hillingdon, a fragrant hybrid tea introduced in 1877.

Early Fair Oaks residents may have grown roses such as this Lady Hillingdon, a fragrant hybrid tea introduced in 1877. Debbie Arrington

This program puts a little romance into local history.

Saturday, June 3, the Fair Oaks Historical Society will salute two romantic aspects associated with the month of June – weddings and roses.

June has long been associated with weddings; these events can unite families and change the course of local history. Roses are the official flower of June (and the nation). Both offer an opportunity to learn more about local people and floral traditions.

From 11 a.m. to noon at the Fair Oaks History Center, the society will host its “Welcome Hour” with the theme, “Weddings and Roses in Old Fair Oaks.” Guest experts – including master rosarian Debbie Arrington, co-creator of Sacramento Digs Gardening – will be stationed at tables to discuss their topics and answer questions.

(Questions don’t have to be limited to historical events. Ask gardening questions, too.)

Admission is free and the public – as the name indicates – is welcome. This outreach event aims to get more residents interested in Fair Oaks’ past.

“We started the Welcome Hour in September 2022, and its success is growing,” says program director Sandra Navarro. “The program is a community-based, interpretive history program.”

It’s a unique approach to making historic connections.

The Fair Oaks History Center is located at 10340 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, next to the Sunflower Drive-In.



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It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

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* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

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