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
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
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.
Where: Exotic Plants, 1833 Howe Ave., Sacramento
When: Noon Saturday, Aug. 15
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.