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Dazzle with dried flowers this Thanksgiving

Park Winters offers 'Thanksgiving Table Decor' workshop

Yolo County-grown dried flowers are the starting point for a fall table arrangement and mini bouquets in the Park Winters “Thanksgiving Table Decor" workshop.

Yolo County-grown dried flowers are the starting point for a fall table arrangement and mini bouquets in the Park Winters “Thanksgiving Table Decor" workshop.

Courtesy Park Winters

Learn how to make a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece using dried flowers – plus mini bouquets, too.

Park Winters Flower Farm and Farmstand is hosting a special holiday workshop at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Make your reservations now for “Thanksgiving Table Decor,” and get a hands-on lesson in dried flower arranging.

“Join Nina of Right Side Hand in making a stunning dried flower Thanksgiving table runner and mini bouquets for dinner plat décor,” say the organizers. “You will be using local Yolo County dried flowers including botanicals from the Farm at Park Winters.

“Nina also will be sharing some tips and tricks on how to save your table runner and other dried flower décor so they can be enjoyed in the coming years,” they add.

Each guest will create a garland – 18 to 24 inches long – using dried sunflowers, ornamental grasses and other favorites. Class fee is $125 and includes materials and instruction. Take home your garland and bouquets to decorate your own holiday table or share with family and friends.

Park Winters, a countryside retreat with gardens dating back to the mid-1800s, is now at its fall finest. In addition to this workshop, Park Winters offers garden tours on Saturdays and pick-your-own-bouquet days in November. See website calendar for details.

Park Winters is located at 27850 County Road 26, Winters.

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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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