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High-Hand hosts 'Winter Art in the Garden'

Shop for unique gifts at this destination nursery (and much more)

Artists will display their work in this beautiful setting at Loomis' High-Hand Nursery on Saturday.

Artists will display their work in this beautiful setting at Loomis' High-Hand Nursery on Saturday. Courtesy High-Hand Nursery

Enjoy one of our area’s most beautiful and historic destination nurseries while browsing unique art – for both indoors and out.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, High-Hand Nursery will host “Winter Art in the Garden,” a celebration of local talent as well as a holiday shopping event.

Artists who regularly display work in High-Hand’s historic fruit shed galleries will bring their art outside into the nursery’s demonstration gardens and green spaces.

“Art in the Garden allows you to shop from some of our gallery artists while you take a stroll through the nursery,” explains the organizers. “The artists will have a table display with their work set up outside and in the fruit sheds!”

The artists will be showing their work from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

High-Hand is much more than a place to buy plants. Many patrons come for the farm-to-fork lunch at the High-Hand Cafe inside its glass conservatory. Now open is High-Hand Brewery, serving premium craft beer, wine, cocktails and pub-style food. Besides the art galleries, its fruit shed shops include a fruit and flower market, gift shop, olive oil company and more.

High-Hand Nursery is located at 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis.

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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.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* 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.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

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