Maple Rock Gardens

Maple Rock Gardens will host its Bloomtastic event celebrating gardening. It's set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday.

Garden Calendar: today and coming events

Published: Saturday, May. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9CALIFORNIA LIFE

Special events

Today

• Evergreen Garden Club hosts its annual plant and yard sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 5400 Valhalla Drive, Carmichael. Free. (916) 482-1990.

Tuesday-June 22

• The annual Focus on Fiber Arts Open Show will showcase beading, crochet, felting, hooking, knitting and more works using fiber. Show entry days noon- 5 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Gala reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. next Saturday; Second Saturday reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 8. Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330-B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. Free. (916) 971-3713.

Next Saturday-June 2

• The Flying Needles Quilters Guild will host its annual quilt show. The show will feature hundreds of traditional, contemporary and handmade quilts and quilted accessories. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 2. Woodland Fairgrounds, 1250 E. Gum Ave., Woodland. $6 per day. (530) 304-4757.

Next Saturday

• Enjoy a day of tasting food and learning where it is locally grown and prepared at the Grow, Cook, Savor event. There will be cooking demonstrations with master chefs, craft-beer tasting, food-themed exhibits and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, Central Library, 828 I St., Sacramento. $25. (916) 768-6077.

• Maple Rock Gardens hosts Bloomtastic, a celebration of gardening. Enjoy self-guided walking tours of garden-themed rooms and the railroad. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Maple Rock Gardens, 100 Clark Tunnel Road, Newcastle. $10 general; free for children ages 13 and younger. (Tickets available at High Hand Nursery, 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis, (916) 652-2065).

Classes and workshops

Today

• Learn how to transform a small piece of furniture with a hands-on Maison Blanche chalk-based furniture painting class. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Treasured Home, 9906 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. $45. (916) 514-5272.

Next Saturday

• SMUD will host the Home Energy Efficiency Expo. Speak to SMUD experts on rebates, incentives and other ways to reduce your bills. Product vendors, contractors, and energy experts will also be available to answer questions. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Energy and Technology Center, 6301 S St., Sacramento. Free. Registration recommended. (888) 742-7683.

• Learn how worms can break down kitchen waste to make worm compost, what types of worms are needed, and how to set up a worm bin in a workshop, with the El Dorado County Master Gardeners. 9 a.m.-noon. Veterans' Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Free. (530) 621-5512.

• 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. Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 11477 E Ave., Dewitt Center, Auburn. Free. (530) 889-7388.

• Learn about "green" landscape design for the Sierra foothills. 10 a.m.-noon. NID Business Center Grounds, NID Annex Room, 1036 West Main St., Grass Valley. Free. (530) 273-0919.

• Orchid Workshop with Exotic Plants owner, Kifumi Keppler. Noon-1:30 p.m. Exotic Plants, 1833 Howe Ave., Sacramento. Free. (916) 922-4769. Registration required.

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