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Melons rolling in for Maple Rock festival

Melons take center stage today at Maple Rock Gardens in Lincoln.
Melons take center stage today at Maple Rock Gardens in Lincoln. Sacramento Bee file

Melon Mania

Where: Maple Rock Gardens, 100 Clark Tunnel Road, Lincoln (Highway 193 at Clark Tunnel Road)

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15

Admission: $10

Details: highhandnursery.com/

Sample more than 50 kinds of melons, including many unusual varieties and heirloom watermelons. Take some home from Maple Rock’s farm stand, too. Live music, food and drink will be available. Tour the formal gardens and watch the model railroad traverse one of the longest layouts in the area. In addition, Farmer Fred Hoffman will offer advise on water-wise gardening and melon growing.

Sixth annual Dog Days of Summer

Where: Green Acres Nursery & Supply, all locations

When: 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16

Admission: Free

Details: idiggreenacres.com

Bring your dog to Green Acres and enjoy treats for both you and your four-legged companion. Find lots of goodies and activities for your pup, plus get discounts on nursery items for shopping with your dog. The “Krazy Kanine Photo Booth” will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Also, learn about pet-friendly plants and gardening techniques.

Vivarium workshop

Where: Exotic Plants, 1833 Howe Ave., Sacramento

When: Noon Saturday, Aug. 15

Admission: Free

Details: 916-922-4769, exoticplantsltd.com

Imagine creating your own little world complete with critters. Vivariums are usually terrariums with fauna – such as reptiles or amphibians – as well as flora. Learn how to make your own unique indoor garden and keep it thriving.

Debbie Arrington

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