Garden calendar for Oct. 12 through 19

Special Events


Annual Art Show and Tea

There will be a display of hand-painted porcelain and demonstrations by members. Ornaments, cups and saucers, mugs and other hand-painted items will be for sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday.Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Free. (916) 264-8800.


Annual Rose Show & Arrangement

Sierra Foothills Rose Society presents a rose show. 7 p.m. Bushnell Gardens Nursery, 5255 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay. Free. (916) 316-5873.

Camellia City Rug Hookers Guild Hook In

Camellia City Rug Hookers Guild Hook In and 14 traditional rug hooking exhibit. . 9 a.m. 890 57th St., Sacramento. Free. (916) 208-0019.

Cornflower Farms Fall Open Day

Cornflower Farms Fall Open Day. 7 a.m. Cornflower Farms, 9811 Sheldon Road, Elk Grove. Free. (916) 689-1015.

Guided Tour: Celebrate Oaktober

Explore the Shields Oak Grove in autumn to see signs of how these trees prepare for winter. Parking is free along Garrod Drive near the Gazebo. 11 a.m. UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, Garrod Drive, Davis. Free. (530) 752-4880.

Holiday Craft Fair

Featuring ornaments, baked goods, gifts and Christmas arrangements. 9 a.m. Riverside Wesleyan Church, 6449 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento. Free. (916) 429-8388.

Martinez Historical Society Home Tour 2013

The annual Historical Home Tour featuring six or more private homes representing the architecture of the late 19th and early 20th century. The tour begins at the Shell Club House. (1635 Pacheco Blvd.)10 a.m.; Shell Club House, 1635 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez. $25-$30. (925) 864-8457.


PlacerGROWN Farm & Barn Tour

The PlacerGROWN Farm and Barn Tour, a self-guided expedition of farms, ranches, and vineyards in Placer County. 10 a.m. PlacerGROWN Farm & Barn Tour, 5560 Fawnridge Road, Auburn. Free. (530) 863-7487.



Foothills Horticulture Society

Nevada County Resource Conservation district speaker Lynn Lorenson will speak: “The Pollinator Project: Saving Native Bees & Honey Bees.” 6 p.m. Gene Albaugh Community Room, Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Free. (530) 269-3444.


Elk Grove Quilting Guild

Donna Greenwald will have a trunk show at the monthly meeting. 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Elk Grove, 8939 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Free to members; $3 guests. (916) 686-1654.

Next Saturday

Historic City Cemetery Tour

The Old City Cemetery Committee will be offering a tour focusing on perennials blooming throughout the Historic City Cemetery. 10 a.m. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. (916) 448-0811)

Classes and Workshops


Food Preservation Demonstration

A basic introduction to safe pressure canning techniques. 10 a.m. Sacramento County Cooperative Extension Office, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento. Free. (916) 875-6913.

From Dreary Lawns to Year-Round Color

Learn about Roseville’s popular Cash for Grass Program and the steps to take for having year-round color and creating a water-efficient landscape. 11 a.m. Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville. $6 Roseville residents; $8 non-residents. (916) 746-1550.

Sheet Mulching and Composting Basics to Improve Soil Health

Learn how to use sheet mulching to naturally recycle unwanted lawn into rich compost for a new landscape. Follow simple steps to create a home composting system that will improve garden soil throughout the year. Each participating family will receive a compost bin (truck, van or SUV needed to transport). 8:30 a.m. Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville. $6 Roseville residents; $8 non-residents. (916) 746-1550.

Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses

Learn about different ornamental grasses that are easy to care for and lend themselves to the El Dorado County’s climate with the El Dorado County Master Gardeners. 9 a.m. Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Dr., Placerville. Free. (530) 621-5512.


Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County

Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County present a workshop on cranberries, winter squash and turkey. 10 a.m. El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville. Free. (530) 621-5506.


Open Garden at Horticulture Center

Learn about growing cover crops, get tips for protecting sensitive plants from frost damage, and discover UC and Master Gardener resources available to you to help prevent and treat garden pests. 10 a.m. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. Free. (916) 875-6913.


Fused Glass Class

Learn to make glass jewelry from glass that was used in the space shuttles. 9 a.m. Cordova Senior Activity Center, 3480 Routier Road, Sacramento. $75 members, $77 nonmembers. 916-961-7770.

Next Saturday

Lose Your Lawn

Learn how to lose your lawn without tearing it out with landscape designer Sandra Diehl & Bay Friendly educator Bethallyn Black. . 10 a.m. Lemuria Nursery, 7820 Serpa Lane, Dixon. Free. (510) 859-8026.