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Looking for a unique Valentine? The Secret Garden offers fun workshops

Recipient can make a birdhouse with a succulent roof or a living centerpiece, among others

Know someone who enjoys plant crafts? They might appreciate a gift registration for The Secret Garden's Kokedama Workshop, to be  held 10:30 a.m. March 10. Other workshops are available.

Know someone who enjoys plant crafts? They might appreciate a gift registration for The Secret Garden's Kokedama Workshop, to be held 10:30 a.m. March 10. Other workshops are available. Photo courtesy The Secret Garden

Looking for a great Valentine’s Day gift for the garden lover in your life? Try giving one of these garden-oriented workshops, offered by The Secret Garden in Elk Grove.

These workshops can be for one person – or more; make it a couple’s project, friends’ gathering or a mother-daughter activity. The results will be something that adds color and artistry to your homes and gardens, or a Valentine that will grow on you or your sweetie.

The Secret Garden is now accepting reservations for the following workshops, all set for March:

* Succulent Birdhouse Workshop ($80 including plants and materials): Set for 11 a.m. March 2, this workshop creates a birdhouse with a growing roof. “We will use a large wooden birdhouse (7 by 11.5 inches) and a selection of succulents such as echeveria and sedum to plant the roof,” say the organizers. “In this class, we will cover succulent care, soil choice, three methods of succulent propagation and more!”

* Macrame 101 Workshop ($50): Owner Jennifer Kahl will lead this beginner’s class in macrame, set for 10:30 a.m. March 3. “You’ll learn basic terminology and how to make three basic knots. You’ll put your newfound skills to use to complete your first project – an awesome copper colored 36-inch hanger,” she says. “You'll also receive a take home sheet with detailed instruction so you can continue to make more at home.”

* Kokedama Workshop ($45): At 10:30 a.m. March 10, create a unique hanging garden. “Kokedama translates to ‘moss ball’; it is a Japanese technique that uses moss, twine and plants to create living works of art that can be displayed indoors or outdoors,” says The Secret Garden staff. “Students can choose from a selection of indoor or outdoor plants such as hoya, rhipsalis, staghorn ferns, pothos and more.”

* Spring Centerpiece Workshop ($65): On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, this 11 a.m workshop will show how to make a living centerpiece using plants. “Join us in the classroom to create a beautiful living centerpiece perfect for your Easter table or Spring décor,” say the organizers. “We will use a wood 8-by-8-inch box, assorted tropical plants, natural elements, dried florals and accessories to create these living works of art!”

More workshops are available, too. See the full list and links for reservations at https://www.secretgarden-online.com/.

The Secret Garden is located at 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.

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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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