Garden Calendar: Today and coming events

Published: Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6CALIFORNIA LIFE

Special events

Today

• 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 and D, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. $5. (916) 263-1477.

• Arbor Day plant sale hosted by the Gibson Gardeners of the Yolo County Historical Museum. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 512 Gibson Road, Woodland. (530) 666-1045.

Today-Sunday

• The Shepard Garden and Art Center is hosting 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.

Today and next Saturday

• Sean Bigley, owner of Mad Man Bamboo Nursery, will be on hand to answer questions and offer rare bamboo plants during the Auburn Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon today at Auburn's old town parking lot, Auburn-Folsom Road and Lincoln Way, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. next Saturday during the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club's 12th annual vendor sale at Shepard Arts and Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. (916) 300-6335.

Monday

• Take a tour of the San Francisco Botanical Garden's arrangement of magnolias led by a docent. 6-8 p.m. Located at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. $15. (415) 661-1316

Next Saturday

• Join cemetery volunteers as they guide a tour in the Sacramento Historic Rose Garden in the Historic City Cemetery. 10 a.m. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Free. (916) 715-7294.

• The Sacramento Perennial Plant Club presents its 12th annual sale of unusual and favorite plants. Nicholas Stodden, director of new plant introductions at Monrovia Nurseries, will give a presentation 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

• Sue Golden of Golden Pond Nursery will speak about water features and floats at the Roseville Green Thumb Garden Club. 6:30 p.m. Raley's Event Center, Douglas and Rocky Ridge, Roseville. (916) 723-2508.

Tuesday

• Mushroom enthusiasts Rachelle Giffen and Ken Gribble will discuss mushroom dyeing at the Sacramento Weavers and Spinners Guild. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. $3 donation. (916) 508-8984.

Wednesday

• "Mini and Ultra Mini Cymbidiums" presentation by Dennis Olivas, owner of D&D Orchids of Half Moon Bay, at the Sacramento Valley Cymbidium (orchid) Society meeting. 7 p.m. Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. (916) 372-0231.


Classes and workshops

Today

• El Dorado County Master Gardeners present a workshop on how to raise backyard chickens. Join master gardener Thorne Barranger and learn 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 Composting Basics for the Home Gardener workshop. 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.

• Nevada County master gardeners present a workshop on selecting, planting and 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 present kitchen and bathroom remodeling seminars. Learn how to choose the right remodeling strategy for a budget, selecting 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 their nursery and gardens to discuss characteristics of different varieties of dogwood. The class will cover the basic growing requirements. 1 p.m. Wildwood Farms, 10300 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. Free. (707) 833-1161. Registration is suggested.

• Backyard and worm composting workshop conducted by the Yolo County UC Cooperative Extension master gardeners. Participants can take free worms to get started, and Woodland residents can receive a free compost bin and a free kitchen food scrap bucket from the city of Woodland's recycling program. 10 a.m.-noon. Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland. (530) 666-8143.

Wednesday

• The city of Woodland and the Yolo County Resource Conservation District present a workshop on irrigation techniques and how to water with the weather. 7-8:30 p.m. Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St., Woodland. Free. (530) 661-2067.

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