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The Week Ahead: Iris sale, tomato fest and gardens

Sacramento Iris Society will have hundreds of iris rhizomes for sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, 2016.
Sacramento Iris Society will have hundreds of iris rhizomes for sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, 2016. Sacramento Bee file

Annual Iris Rhizome Sale

Where: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17

Admission: Free

Details: 916-264-8800

These gnarly roots produce gorgeous blooms – and they’re drought- and deer-resistant, too. The Sacramento Iris Society offers hundreds of bearded iris rhizomes, ready for planting. Find scores of varieties, all labeled with descriptions, including many reblooming irises that will flower in both spring and summer. Get tips on growing irises, too.

Ninth annual Capay Tomato Festival

Where: Capay Organic Farm, 23808 Highway 16, Capay

When: 3-11 p.m. Saturday, July 16

Admission: $25

Details: 800-769-6009, www.farmfreshtoyou.com

Celebrate all things tomato in Yolo County at this charity fundraiser. Taste dozens of varieties of heirloom and cherry tomatoes. Sample local food (packed with tomatoes) and wine, too. Enjoy live music, dancing, farm tours and family fun.

Open Garden Day

Where: Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, DeWitt Center, 11477 E Ave., Auburn

When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 16

Admission: Free

Details: http://pcmg.ucanr.org

Join the UC master gardeners of Placer County as they work in their garden and demonstrate numerous garden skills, from composting to pest identification. Learn how to maximize your garden’s vegetable and fruit production.

Debbie Arrington

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