The week ahead: See historic sites, learn water-wise gardening

07/19/2014 12:00 AM

07/18/2014 11:39 AM


Where: Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento

When: 7:30 a.m. today

Admission: Free

Details:, (916) 448-0811

Learn about the Historic City Cemetery’s world famous rose collection while doing a little summer maintenance. Help volunteers remove spent blooms (deadheading) and other tasks. Bring your own gloves; other tools and training will be provided. Late-risers welcome; the work will continue through most of the morning (until it gets too hot).


Where: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today

Admission: Free

Details: (916) 264-8800

In this one-day sale hosted by the Sacramento Iris Society, find rhizomes (roots) for hundreds of colorful (and drought-resistant) bearded iris including dwarfs, intermediates, tall and repeat bloomers – at just the perfect time to plant them. Lots of different colors and varieties will be available as well as advice on how to plant. New this year is a labeling station that will allow buyers to prepare a permanent garden label for each iris purchased before they leave (and forget what they got).


Where: Gibson House, 512 Gibson Road, Woodland

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today

Admission: Free

Details:, (530) 666-1045

Water-wise herbs, succulents, natives and perennials will be offered during this open garden at the historic Gibson House. Tour its newly renovated herb garden. Learn how to make your own succulent garden. Master gardeners will answer questions. At 11 a.m., Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum, will lead a walking tour of historic trees on the Gibson House grounds.


Where: Meet at Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis campus

When: 10 a.m. Sunday

Admission: Free

Details:, (530) 752-4880

Native plants make beautiful and water-conserving additions to home gardens. Get ideas (plus tips on when and how to plant them) on this walking tour of the UC Davis Arboretum’s Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants.


Where: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday and July 27

Admission: Free

Details:, (530) 273-9161

This huge show always ranks among the most popular in Sacramento. See hundreds of colorful bromeliads as well as many unusual carnivorous plants in interesting displays. Learn how to care for these rare and fascinating plants – and take some home, too.


Where: Joaquin Gully Road and Twain Harte Drive, Twain Harte

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday and July 27

Admission: Free

Details: , (209) 586-4482

The 37th Twain Harte Summer Arts and Wine Festival takes over downtown Twain Harte. Lots of food and music, too, is on tap at this family festival.

– Debbie Arrington

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