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The Secret Garden hosts annual Holiday Open House

Get in the spirit early with Saturday party and sale

The Secret Garden holds its Holiday Open House this Saturday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Secret Garden holds its Holiday Open House this Saturday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Photo courtesy The Secret Garden

It’s officially holiday season – and the start of holiday events (beyond Halloween).

Those fake cobwebs and plastic skeletons may still be out on the lawn, but it’s time to start thinking about Christmas trees and Santa Claus.

To get you in the mood and speed your transition from Halloween haunts to holiday carols, The Secret Garden is hosting its annual Holiday Open House.

From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, the popular Elk Grove garden store will welcome patrons with refreshments, door prizes, a raffle and an amazing assortment of holiday decorations. Admission is free. To help the staff know how many patrons to expect, RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

“This annual event is our holiday product showcase,” says The Secret Garden staff. “You'll get the first glimpse of our showstopping holiday displays and new product and enjoy a 15 percent off storewide sale during the event!”

Everything for the plant lovers in your life will be on sale including ceramics, plants, fountains and garden art.

“The gift shop will be decked with Christmas trees, new ornaments, holiday decor and the season's perfect gifts for everyone on your list,” says the staff.

The Secret Garden, known for its succulents and garden decor, is located at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, just off Highway 99.

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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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