Garden Calendar: Today and coming events

Published: Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 - 10:33 am

Special events

Today-Sunday

• Help Sunburst Projects send a child affected by HIV/AIDS to summer camp at this perennials sale. Hundreds of perennials including wood poppies, tall hybrid phlox, hostas and others from starters to gallon size. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 3072 24th St., Sacramento. Free. (916) 617-7516.

• The Valley Quilt Guild will present its 30th annual quilt show, "Where Modern Meets Tradition." 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds, 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City. Free ($6 parking). (530) 671-6047.

Thursday-next Saturday

• The Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival will feature a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art, and craft supply exhibits. There will also be "make and take"workshops and free educational seminars. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cal Expo (Exhibit Hall C & D), 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. $5. (916) 263-1477.

Next Saturday-March 24

• The Shepard Garden and Art Center will hold its annual Art, Craft and Plant Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Free. (916) 808-8800.

March 30

• The Sacramento Perennial Plant Club presents its 12th annual sale of unusual and favorite plants. Nicholas Stodden, director of new plant introductions, Monrovia Nurseries, will present at noon on the inner workings of a nursery. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Free. (916) 455-8166.


Meetings

Monday

• The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Camellia Chapter. Program will be the second part of a custom-designed beaded bag. Guests welcome. 7 p.m. SMUD, 6301 S St., Sacramento. Free. (916) 223-2751.

Thursday

• Rami Kim will present on "Asian Designs for a Modern World" at the Elk Grove Quilt Guild membership meeting. 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Elk Grove, 8939 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Free for members; $3 nonmembers. (916) 685-2090.


Classes and workshops

Today

• The Placer County master gardeners present a series of demonstrations on composting and vermicomposting. 9-10 a.m. basic composting; 10-11 a.m. vermicomposting. Also May 4, June 1, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 11477 E Ave., Dewitt Center, Auburn. Free. (530) 889-7388.

• El Dorado master gardeners present a workshop on the best way to start a cutting garden. Master gardener Judy Weiner will discuss the best varieties to grow and take care of flowers once they have been cut. Some basic elements of floral design will also be dicussed. 9 a.m.-noon. Veterans' Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Free. (530) 621-5502.

• UC master gardeners will present a workshop on how to set up and maintain a worm composting bin. Learn how to select, plant and care for citrus. 9 a.m.-noon. Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. Free. (916) 875-6913.

• Dale Miller will teach a vegetable gardening class for beginners. This is an outdoor class. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Elk Grove Community Garden, 10025 Hampton Oak Drive, Elk Grove. Free. (916) 479-3825. Registration required.

Sunday

• The Sacramento Area Beekeepers will hold an intermediate beekeeping class. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sacramento County Cooperative Extension, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento. $45 general, $35 members. (916) 370-2271.

Monday

• The Aikokai Association of Sacramento presents a demonstration on styling Satsuki azalea bonsai. 7 p.m. Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Free. (916) 428-8505.

Wednesday

• The Sacramento County UC Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers present a food- preservation demonstration. Topics include early spring vegetables and egg safety. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sacramento Cooperative Extension Office, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento. $3 material fee. (916) 875-6913.

• The city of Woodland and the Yolo County Resource Conservation District present a workshop on how to integrate drought-tolerant plants into a yard. 7-8:30 p.m. Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St., Woodland. Free. (530) 661-2067.

Thursday

• The final session of the 10-week Green Gardening at Home Series offered through the Utility Exploration Center will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville. $55-$65. (916) 746-1550 to register.

Next Saturday

• El Dorado County master gardeners present a workshop on raising backyard chickens. Join master gardener Thorne Barranger and learn about how to maintain chickens and how they provide chemical-free bug and weed control in a garden. 9 a.m.-noon. Veteran's Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Free. (916) 621-5512.

• Sacramento County UC Cooperative Extension master gardeners present a workshop on the basics of worm composting. Learn about the bins, worms, feeding worms, and harvesting worm castings. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park, Sacramento. Free. (916) 875-6913.

• Learn a great way to recycle yard and kitchen waste, improve the soil and nourish the garden with the Sacramento County UC Cooperative Extension master gardeners, who will teach a workshop on composting basics for the home gardener. Topics include starting and maintaining a pile, ingredients, troubleshooting problems, and more. 3-4:30 p.m. Sylvan Oaks Library, 6700 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights. Free. (916) 875-6913.

• The Nevada County master gardeners present a workshop on selecting, planting and the care of roses. Topics include different rose selection criteria, classifications and varieties. 10 a.m.-noon. Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley. Free. (530) 273-0919.

• DreamBuilders Home Remodeling presents kitchen and bathroom remodeling seminars. Learn how to choose the right remodeling strategy for a budget, select products and what to expect from the design process. 9-10:30 a.m., planning your kitchen remodel; 11 a.m.-noon, planning your bathroom remodel. DreamBuilders Home Remodeling Showroom, 893 Embarcadero Drive, Suite 103, El Dorado Hills. Free. (916) 933-7371.

• Wildwood Farms presents a tour of its nursery and gardens to discuss characteristics of different varieties of dogwood. The class will cover basic growing requirements. 1 p.m. Wildwood Farms, 10300 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. Free. (707) 833-1161. Registration is suggested.

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