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Learn how to make a succulent pumpkin centerpiece

Saturday workshops offered at five Green Acres locations

Here's an example of the pumpkin centerpiece that will be taught during Saturday's workshop.

Here's an example of the pumpkin centerpiece that will be taught during Saturday's workshop.

Courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply

Add a little pumpkin spice to your holiday decorations with a succulent-filled pumpkin centerpiece.

Learn how Saturday, Oct. 21, at classes offered at Green Acres Nursery & Supply.

The 10 a.m. workshop will be held at five Green Acres locations: Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

Class fee is $30 plus tax and includes all materials and instructions. Space is limited; register online here:

Our experienced garden gurus will lead you through the process of crafting a fall-inspired succulent pumpkin centerpiece,” says Green Acres. “Assemble a variety of succulents and decorative moss on top of a large specialty pumpkin while our experts share how to care for it.”

The participating Green Acres are located at: 6128 San Juan Ave., Citrus Heights; 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove; 205 Serpa Way, Folsom; 5436 Crossings Drive, Rocklin; and 7300 Galilee Road, Roseville.

Green Acres also has a huge selection of pumpkins in more than a dozen varieties. Find a patch at each location.

In addition to the Succulent Pumpkin class, the Green Acres in Roseville is hosting the annual Sierra Foothills Rose Society show. Featuring exhibition roses, rose photography and artistic arrangements, this large show will feature hundreds of roses at their fall peak of bloom. It’s open to the public from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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