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Learn how to make your own lavender spa experience

The Secret Garden hosts hands-on 'Aromatic Escapes' workshop

Lavender is an excellent herb for aromatherapy. Learn how to make three home spa items at The Secret Garden on Aug. 20.

Lavender is an excellent herb for aromatherapy. Learn how to make three home spa items at The Secret Garden on Aug. 20. Kathy Morrison

Lavender ranks among California’s favorite flowers – not just to grow, but to celebrate. Its distinct fragrance can be soothing, prompting instant relaxation. No wonder it’s a top pick for aromatherapy.

Find out how to bring more lavender into your life during a special hands-on workshop at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at The Secret Garden in Elk Grove.

“Aromatic Escapes: Lavender Spa Experience” will be hosted by Jennifer Khal, The Secret Garden’s owner and a longtime believer in the benefits of lavender. Participants will create lavender items to take home and enhance their own relaxation.

“Join Jennifer in the craft room to immerse yourself in the soothing essence of lavender and discover the art of crafting your own luxurious home spa products,” The Secret Garden posted online. “In this two-hour workshop, while sipping on lavender tea, you’ll delve into the world of aromatherapy.

“You’ll learn to create three divine lavender scented items, elevating your self-care routine to new heights. Whether you’re seeking a tranquil escape, a delightful gift for a loved one, or simply a way to pamper yourself, ‘Aromatic Escapes: Lavender Spa Experience’ is the workshop you’ve been waiting for.”

Participants will create a lavender-scented soy candle “that will allow you to enjoy the warm glow of your own candle that relaxes your mind and soothes your soul,” say the organizers.

They’ll also make lavender-scented bath salts. Say the hosts, “Learn the perfect balance of ingredients and create this blissful concoction that will transform your bath room into an oasis, melting away stress and tension.”

Bring lavender fragrance to your bed and bath with lavender linen spray, another part of this workshop. “Discover the art of blending essential oils to create a refreshing mist that will enhance your sleep, calm your senses and transport you to a dreamy lavender field,” say the organizers.

Space is limited and advance registration is a must. The $60 fee includes step-by-step instructions and all materials to create an 8-ounce soy candle, bath salts and 2 ounces of linen spray. Participants also receive a 15% discount coupon off The Secret Garden purchases made that day.

The Secret Garden is located at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.

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* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

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* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

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* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

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