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McKinley Park trees about to get 'yarn bombed'

Sacramento Center for Textile Arts celebrates International Yarn Bombing Day

International Yarn Bombing Day is a fun way to raise awareness of textile arts.

International Yarn Bombing Day is a fun way to raise awareness of textile arts. Photo courtesy Sacramento Center for Textile Arts

The McKinley Park trees outside Shepard Garden and Arts Center are about to get a lot more colorful.

As part of International Yarn Bombing Day, members of the Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts plan to decorate tree trunks outside Shepard Center on June 7.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, local textile artists – specifically knitters, crocheters and needle workers – will attach yarn pieces to trees with more yarn.

Rainbow hued and made to be fun, this yarn art installation is temporary and doesn’t harm the plants. SCTA's Needle Arts Study Group will be back on July 7 to take it all down.

Usually, the “yarn bombers” make knit or crocheted geometric pieces in advance, then wrap them around the trees, adjusting as needed. The pieces can be crocheted or sewn into place or hooked together.

SCTA members have made International Yarn Bombing Day an annual club event at Shepard Center, Sacramento’s municipal clubhouse. Besides being a creative way to brighten outdoor shade, yard bombing is a wonderful introduction to this very active textile club that meets regularly at Shepard Center.

Located in the north panhandle of McKinley Park, Shepard Center is at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.



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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

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