• CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR
It’s closing weekend and a last chance to enjoy State Fair favorites. Besides hundreds of vendors in the fair’s halls of commerce, check out the water-wise gardening ideas at the State Fair Farm. At the Farm’s answer booth, UC master gardeners are on duty every day to field questions and offer advice. Today, they’ll present special demonstrations on worm composting at 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m.
• FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
The 37th Twain Harte Summer Arts and Wine Festival takes over downtown Twain Harte with nearly a hundred artists and craftspeople displaying and offering their work. In addition, wineries from throughout Amador, Calaveras, Mendocino, Sonoma, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties will offer tastings. Lots of food and music, too, is on tap at this family festival.
• HARVEST DAY
Enjoy Sacramento’s biggest annual gardening event, hosted by the UC master gardeners. Visit more than 30 educational booths staffed by experts on all sorts of garden topics. Learn about straw bale gardening, composting, pollinators and native plants. Taste tomatoes, grapes and stone fruit. Get answers to perplexing plant problems. Shop for great garden gifts.
• SUCCULENTS THAT SIZZLE
Succulents can take the heat – and drought, too. These sculptured plants offer diversity and beauty. See several specimens that can succeed in your water-wise garden during this guided tour.
• CEMETERY FAMILIES – LOVING, OR LETHAL?
This guided tour of the famed cemetery and its gardens focuses on family plots and tales from yesteryear when relatives weren’t always loving.