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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.

Details and directions: https://www.secretgarden-online.com/.

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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.

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* 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.

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