Garden events fill this week’s calendar

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 8:11 pm

Special events


Delights from Down Under

Learn about plants from Australia and New Zealand that thrive in Mediterranean climate while touring the collections. Park at Visitor Parking Lot 5. 9:30 a.m. UC Davis Arboretum Wyatt Deck, UC Davis. Free. (530) 752-4880.

Talini’s Nursery Urban Homesteading Fair

Vendors will answer questions about raising backyard chickens, safer gardening practices and using organic composts. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Talini’s Nursery, 5601 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. Free. (916) 451-8150.


Luxury Home Tour

The Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors and Excellence in Education present a home tour to benefit education. Explore six custom homes in Truckee’s Martis Camp. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 in advance; $45 day of event. (530) 550-7984. Tickets can be purchased online at


Community Outreach Meeting

Learn how low-income families can benefit from the Davis Housing Improvement and Solar Program and find out if you qualify. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Valente Room, Senior Center, 646 A. St., Davis. Free. (530) 217-6115.


Noni’s Knit-Wits

Those interested in knitting and crocheting, even beginners, are welcome to join. This is not an instructional class, but assistance is available. 1:30 p.m. Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento. Free. (916) 264-2920.

McKinley Park Tree Tours

The Sacramento Tree Foundation will hold evening tree tours and tree-care sessions with a certified arborist. Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or smartphone. Learn how to identify trees, edit data and more using GreenprintMaps. 6:30 p.m. Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Free. (916) 974-4333.

Knitting Meetings

Learn knitting and share your knowledge. All ages and skill levels welcome. 1 p.m. Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave., Sacramento. Free. (916) 264-2920.

Next Saturday

Open Sewing Class

Open sewing time for all quilters with help from the River City Quilters Guild. Bring your own equipment and supplies. Irons and ironing boards will be provided. 2 p.m. Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Dr., Sacramento. Free. (916) 264-2920.

Succulents, Nolinas, Agaves

Learn origins and cultivations of succulents, nolinas, and agaves. Park in visitor parking Lot 55. 10 a.m. Ruth Ridson Storer Garden, UC Davis. Free. (530) 752-4880.

High Hand’s Tomato Festival

Tomato tasting, tomato classes, walking tours of private gardens and the miniature garden railroad. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Maple Rock Gardens, 100 Clark-Tunnel Road, Newcastle. $10. (916) 652-2065.



The Embroiderers’ Guild of America

The Camellia Chapter will meet to learn finishing techniques. 7 p.m. SMUD, 6301 S St., Sacramento. Free. (916) 223-2751.

Classes and workshops


Culinary Herbs

Learn how to grow culinary herbs with Yolo County master gardeners. 10 a.m.-noon. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., West Sacramento. Free. (916) 376-6465.

Growing Healthy Lawns

Learn smart irrigation, fertilization and aeration tricks to help maintain a healthy lawn with less water. 9 a.m.-noon. San Juan Water District, 9935 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay. Free. (916) 791-2663.

Today, Tuesday

Dehydrating and Freezing

The Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County will host a dehydrating and freezing workshop. 10 a.m.-Noon. El Dorado County Fairgrounds Board Room, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Free. (530) 621-5506.

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