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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.

Details, directions and call reservations: www.parkwinters.com.

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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

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* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

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* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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