• 26TH ANNUAL WOODLAND STROLL THROUGH HISTORY
When: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. today; homes open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; walking and bike tours, 8:30-11 a.m.; bus tours at 1 and 3 p.m.
Where: Main Street and Beamer Park, Woodland
Admission: Home tour, $30; bus tour, $15; walking and bike tours are free. Ticket and information booth at Heritage Plaza on day of the event.
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Explore Woodland’s past — including such historic Victorian homes as the Gable Mansion — during this community event. Free walking tours will be guided by docents in period dress. There will be lots of live music and entertainment, too, plus a farmers market at Heritage Plaza this morning and sidewalk sale on Main Street all day.
• ELK GROVE GARDEN BIRTHDAY PARTY
Where: Elk Grove Community Garden and Learning Center, 10025 Hampton Oak Drive, Elk Grove
When: 9 a.m.-noon today
Highlights: Besides 30 varieties of tomatoes for tasting, this 10th birthday party will feature several community booths, including Sacramento County master gardeners, UC Cooperative Extension master food preservers, Elk Grove Water District and Gardeners of the Grove garden club. Children activities include worm-composting and creating garden art.
• ROSE FESTIVAL EXTRAORDINAIRE
Where: Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson
When: 1-4 p.m. today, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
Details: www.motherloderose.org, (209) 296-5824
In honor of its silver anniversary, the Mother Lode Rose Society hosts a spectacular rose show – with a twist. In addition to displays of cut flowers and arrangements, this fest features rose photography and artwork.
• SUSTAINABILITY FAIR
Where: Our Garden, North Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today
UC master gardeners of Contra Costa County present their version of Harvest Day. Learn about composting, backyard chickens, grapes, beekeeping, lawn removal, native plants and more. Among the speakers will be UC Davis Arboretum horticulture director Ellen Zagory, who will discuss plants that attract beneficial insects and pollinators.
• ROSE PROPAGATION WORKSHOP
Where: Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento
When: 10 a.m. today
Details: www.oldcitycemetery.com, (916) 448-0811
Learn how to select the best plant material, how to prepare cuttings and how to root them using the “terrarium” method. Then, learn how to coax those cuttings into mature rose bushes. Participants may take some cuttings home, too.
• 27TH ANNUAL AFRICAN VIOLET SHOW AND PLANT SALE
Where: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
When: 1-4 p.m. next Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14
The Delta Gesneriad and African Violet Society hosts this beautiful show and sale featuring hundreds of plants. Find self-watering ceramic pots and violet supplies, too. For a donation, club members will re-pot your plants.