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Rose propagation class

Rose propagation class

Historic Rose Garden volunteer propagators will conduct a hands-on rose propagation workshop to teach participants how to select the best plant material, prepare the cuttings and root them using the “terrarium” approach. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to take and stick a few cuttings of their own to take home with them. The class is free but donations are gratefully accepted and help support rose garden operations. Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sacramento Old City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818. (916) 448-0811

What's blooming? Garden tour

What's blooming? Garden tour

Come join a one hour guided tour of the Hamilton Square Garden in the beautiful Historic City Cemetery. With 800 plus unusual Mediterranean perennial plants the garden has drought tolerant color all year long. Meet at the tenth street gate. Free. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. There is ample free street parking on surrounding streets, with limited parking within the cemetery. For more information, call 916-448-0811.

Pollination sensation

Pollination sensation

Summertime is peak pollinator season as hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects are out in full force gathering pollen and nectar for their nests. California native plants in particular provide an excellent, high-nutrient source of food for not just the European honeybees but for our native birds and pollinators. Join our tour in the California Native Plant Demonstration Garden and learn how to garden for pollinators with our resilient, drought-tolerant summer blooming natives that continue to bring beauty into the garden even during the hottest months of the year. Sunday, June 26, 2016 10:00 a.m. Sacramento Old City Cemetery.

Deadheading at Daybreak

Deadheading at Daybreak

We will teach you how to deadhead spent blooms from the rosebushes and how tidying up the garden encourages repeat blooming of the roses in the Historic Rose Garden. Late risers welcome! If possible bring your own gloves and tools, but we will also provide tools if you need them. Light refreshments of coffee and pastries will be served. Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. Sacramento Historic Cemetery 1000 Broadway.

Help! I’m Over Run By Paper Wasps!

Help!  I’m Over Run By Paper Wasps!

The European Paper Wasp is an aggressive, exotic invader which, as its name suggests, is native to Europe. Although it is similar in appearance to the Yellow Jacket wasp it is an entirely different species.

The Belated Blogoversary Botanical Interests Giveaway

The Belated Blogoversary Botanical Interests Giveaway

Botanical Interests in Colorado was one of the sponsors of our 6th Garden Bloggers Fling (San Francisco, July, 2013). A while ago (4 years of ago), I did a primer on growing vegetables for GalTime, using the info on the Botanical Interests seed packets, and got to do a give-away with their seeds. Since my 5th blogging anniversary was in August, I asked them if they'd sponsor my give-away.

Lesson from the Fling: Anything Goes!

Lesson from the Fling: Anything Goes!

In any activity there are rules, and there are freedoms. In a garden, the rules are largely scientific. The freedoms - well, in truth, anything goes! This was my overall impression at the opening reception of the 6th annual Garden Bloggers Fling in late June! Garden designer, Shirley Watts, has a small eclectic garden, filled with fun surprises. It is a uniquely personal space, meant to be