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'Walks with Warren' back at UC Davis Arboretum

On Wednesday, Warren Roberts guides free tour of earliest fall color

Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum, returns Wednesday to lead one of his entertaining walks.

Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum, returns Wednesday to lead one of his entertaining walks.

Photo courtesy UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

UC Davis Arboretum’s beloved tour guide returns to action this week. It’s time again for “Walks with Warren.”

This week, Warren Roberts – the Arboretum’s superintendent emeritus – resumes his monthly free tours of the gardens he helped create. The first will be noon, Wednesday, Sept. 13, and focused on the Arboretum’s first hints of fall foliage as well as late summer blooms.

Meet Roberts at the Gazebo in the Carolee Shields White Flower Garden on the UC Davis Campus and be prepared for a lively hour-long stroll, packed with botanical knowledge spiked with wordplay. Admission is free.

“Get ready to immerse yourself in the vivid beauty of autumn as you embark on a midday adventure through the gardens and collections of the UC Davis Arboretum with your guide Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus,” say the organizers. “Renowned for his captivating storytelling and playful puns, Warren leads participants on an always-engaging exploration of the Arboretum's seasonal highlights.

“Whether you're a seasoned plant enthusiast or simply eager to revel in the tranquility of nature, this experience promises to be both educational and delightful,” they add. “This event is open to all and free of charge, encouraging everyone to come together and embrace the wonders of nature within the Arboretum's picturesque grounds.”

Although the tour is free, parking is not. Parking ($1.75 per hour) is available along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo via AggiePark on the AMP Park app. Other parking is available in Visitor Lot 55; that lot requires a $15 daily parking permit, also via AggiePark.

Details and directions: Phone: 530-752-4880.


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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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