Living Christmas Trees
The benefits of living Christmas trees are many. A living Christmas tree is a tree rooted and potted in a pot instead of fresh cut in water. Living Christmas trees will remain living far after Christmas. The neat part is that living Christmas trees create a tradition for your family to pass on for years. The tree becomes a member of the family to be looked upon throughout the year with fond memories of Christmas past and the anticipation of making fond memories of future Christmas celebrations. A living Christmas tree adorns your yard or patio as a focal point during the year, can provide shelter and food for birds and is the "greenest" way to do Christmas.
What types of trees are the best for using as a living Christmas Tree?
Baby Blue Eyes- Picea pungens glauca ‘Baby Blue Eyes’ (pictured left)
- Slow growing to 20 feet and can grow to 15 feet wide.
- Pyramidal in shape. Grows well in containers for a number of years.
- Plant in the ground eventually in an area that gets afternoon shade.
- Make sure soil is well drained so it will establish deep extensive root system to withstand our hot dry summers.
Fat Albert Colorado Blue Spruce- Picea pungens glauca ‘Fat Albert’ (pictured at top)
- Slow grower to 15 feet tall and eventually 15 feet wide.
- Ideal for using in containers for a number of years.
- Like all Colorado Blue Spruces, this Spruce attracts birds and is deer resistant. Great for small garden areas. Does well planted near lawns or cottage gardens.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce – Picea glauca ‘Conica’ (pictured right)
- Slow growing pyramidal spruce that grows 6 to 8 feet tall.
- This Spruce can get 4 to 5 feet wide.
- The dwarf alberta spruce is an excellent addition to any landscape or patio.
- It is well suited to containers where it can be used year after year. This spruce does well in the ground too.
- Requires well drained soil and acid loving food. Place it is a space that gets eastern or northern exposure.
Horstmann’s Silberlocke Korean Fir- Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silber locke’ (pictured right).
- Slow growing Fir that grows eventually to 15 feet if placed in the ground.
- Silvery white needles give the appearance that the tree is lightly flocked.
- It looks like a flocked Noble Fir Christmas Tree!
- This tree bears cones near the top of the tree.
- It does well in containers and thrives in areas away from direct afternoon sun.
Lemon Cypress – Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’. (pictured left)
- Great lemon smell. Excellent for containers as a nice table top Christmas Tree.
- Yellow foliage adds zing to a room and brings in Christmas Cheer.
- Place this plant inside in a sunny room (avoid direct sunlight). Keep soil moist.
- Move outside after Christmas and place pot in a eastern or northern exposure.
- This Cypress does best in containers. Grows 7 to 10 inches per year, eventually reaching 15 feet tall and can grow 3 feet wide.
California Christmas Tree/Deodar Cedar – Cedrus deodara (not pictured)
- Fast growing tree to 50 feet tall and can grow 20 to 30 feet wide.
- Does extremely well in our hot dry climate.
- This cedar can be left in a large pot for a couple of years before it needs to be transplanted in the ground. Plant it in an area of your yard with plenty of room to spread.
Care for Your Living Christmas Tree
Place your living tree outside on a porch close to the house or under a patio one day before you bring it in to your house. This will help the tree acclimate to the warmer air that is in your home. Consider spraying the tree with Wilt Stop Plant Protector (RTU). Wilt Stop is an anti-transpirant plant protector. It reduces moisture loss while the tree is inside.
Water your tree thoroughly before bringing the tree inside. Be sure to place the tree in the coldest area of the house and out of direct sunlight. Make sure that the tree is away from heating registers, radiators and fireplaces. Don't keep the tree in the house for longer than 10 days.
Other Care Tips:
- Use LED or low heating lights (Indoor/outdoor).
- Keep the soil moist and make sure that it does not dry out.
- If a saucer is placed under the tree, make sure that no standing water is left in the saucer so the tree roots are not able to rot.
- After Christmas, place the tree outside and keep the lights on. Consider placing an edible garland on the tree to welcome birds and watch your tree continue to bring holiday cheer to your home many days after the holiday.
If you decide to plant the tree after Christmas, then Download our Planting Guide!
Fresh cut Christmas trees are available at Green Acres Nursery & Supply. Visit any of our 3 locations to hand pick your perfect Christmas tree.
Christmas Tree Types-
- Easily recognized by its graceful, open habit and silver needles. It's strong, layered branches make this tree ideal for decorating with large and heavy ornaments.
- The narrow shape of this tree makes it perfect for corners or next to stairways.
- Excellent needle retention if kept watered
- Sturdy branches with an open growth pattern make this tree ideal for decorating and capable of holding larger ornaments if you so choose.
- Excellent needle retention
- Long needles have beautiful silver-blue undersides and are softer than any other types of fir
- Open habit makes this variety ideal for larger ornaments
- Excellent needle retention
- Most popular Christmas Tree in Europe
- These beautiful table top Christmas trees with stands will add a festive sparkle to any room.
We offer the best quality fresh cut Christmas trees. They are truly beautiful and smell amazing too! Not only are they high quality when they arrive, but we care for them while they are in the lot too. They are always well maintained a watered. Once you meander our trees and find the perfect one for your home, we do a fresh cut, put it in an easy carry net and load it in your car or truck.
Christmas Greens & Poinsettias
You'll find gorgeous fresh wreaths, garland and lovely poinsettias. At Green Acres, your poinsettias don't just come in red. They come in pinks, whites, yellows and of course classic red. Find that perfect hostess gift for the holidays- a Poinsettia or a fresh cedar centerpiece. These are spectacular quality! Better than anywhere in Sacramento. We pride ourselves in caring for them properly so that when given as a gift they will make a statement. When you purchase them for your home, they will last all season long, not just a few days.
You'll find exciting events at Green Acres this season. Read on, our gardening friends to find out more...
Luminary Nights Event
December 5th from 5pm-9pm at all Green Acres locations.
This event is a blast and of course its free! Musician and singers from local high schools surrounding each store to come and set the ambiance with Christmas carols or Christmas tunes. All the while providing cocoa, cider and cookies to munch on. Did we mention the whole store is lit up with festive luminaries to make the season bright?
Not only that, but you'll find poinsettias, fresh garland, fresh wreaths, and of course fresh cut Christmas trees! The kids will have something to be excited about too! They can make a free Pine Cone Bird Feeder that will attract tons of birds for their viewing enjoyment.
If you are eying our Christmas trees, enter our Deck the Halls Raffle to be one of 3 lucky winners.
Deck the Hall's Raffle Grand Prize
- 1- 8 Foot Noble Fir Christmas Tree
- 2- 6" Poinsettias
- 1- 22" Fresh Wreath
It's a Twitter Party & You're Invited
November 26th from 3pm-4pm on TWITTER!
Are you on Twitter? Join us at our very first Twitter party on November 26th from 3pm- 4pm.
You can win these FREE goodies:
You don't have to go anywhere to attend you can be on your comfy couch at home and be a winner as long as you are logged on Twitter! RSVP on our Facebook Events Page to attend and get further details.
- Gift cards
- Christmas tree.
Toy Drive Kick Off Benefiting Sacramento's Military Children
November 30, 10am-1pm at Green Acres Roseville
For the past 6 years we have partnered with a Roseville non-profit called Never Forget Our Fallen. The director of the program is a Gold Star Mom which means, she lost her son in Iraq. This Gold Star Mom has dedicated her holiday season for the past 6 years to help local children of Military Families. These children would otherwise not receive any Christmas gifts due to financial hardship on their family. But because of the toy drive, they WILL get gifts.
On November 30th we will be kicking off the Toy Drive from 10-1pm.
- Come to our Roseville store from 10am-1pm
- Bring your unwrapped toy for a child ages 0-18 to show your support!
- Local eateries will be donating free food, as well as other festivities.
- Come rain or shine!
Kid's Holiday Planting Experience
If your little green thumbers want to put their hands in the dirt and be creative, we have the perfect opportunity! Join us for a Kid's Holiday Planting Experience.
We will be providing the following for only $5:
Your kids will love planting and then creating the most beautiful hand-made gift for parents, grandparents, relatives or friends. This gift will be a hit, plus the kids will have fun making it!
- Terra cotta pots
- Starter fertilizer
- Annual flowers
- Art supplies and ribbon to decorate the container
Saturday Workshop Series
At Green Acres, we are educators at heart. We love seeing our customers successful and want to pass on our knowledge to you. We offer free weekly workshops on Saturdays at 10am at all locations. Check out our upcoming topics.
- November 23- Houseplants- Growing Beautiful Houseplants
- November 30- Preparing Your Yard for Winter
- December 7- Preparing Your Yard for Winter
- December 14- Kid's Holiday Planting Experience
Mark Those Calendars
Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Garland & Poinsettias!
We will have a full offering available on November 29th. Our lots are currently open offering with Silver Tips, fresh wreaths, garland and poinsettias for all the Christmas enthusiasts out there.
Bareroot Roses and Fruit Trees Arriving in December!
Stay tuned for specific dates. Bareroot season means that you will have the BEST selection of the year. Popular varieties go fast, so check our stock early.
Green Acres Nursery & Supply Holiday Hours
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day so we can celebrate the season with our families.
In today's article we will discuss why using Frost Protection Cloth is the best way to protect your cold sensitive plants.
Properly applied frost cloth can protect your frost sensitive plants from the cold even when the temps dip into the 20’s!
Plants that Need Protection:
- Tropical Plants
- Cactus and Succulents
Not All Coverings Are Created Equal
Always use frost cloth designed for covering plants. This specific product is made of a fabric that will not transmit cold to the leaves. Other products made of plastic for example, can actually transmit cold to the leaves and cause more damage!
Green Acres carries only the best product from Easy Gardener, that comes in 10ft. x 12 ft. for only $12.50 which is light and easy to handle. If necessary, the frost cloth can be left on the plants for an extended period of time without the risk of harming your plants. Sheets or blankets must be removed every morning after the temperature under the covering reaches at least 40 degrees. On some days this might not happen until noon.
Some people have used blankets and sheets to cover plants. Typically blankets are heavy and can be hard to secure over your plant. Furthermore, the frost cloth is light and allows the sun to pass through the fabric thus warming the ground. Blankets and sheets do not allow the sun to properly filter through and heat the ground.
Knowing a Bit About the Environment Helps
Sunlight during the day warms the soil surface. As the day progresses into night, the heat from the soil radiates into the atmosphere. The coldest temperatures of the day are early in the morning as the sun rises. Remember that cold air settles downward and hot air rises. This fact is instrumental in placing your frost protection cloth over your frost sensitive plants.
Watering Plus Frost Cloth Equals Success!
Keep soil around the plant moist but not soggy, especially during times of wind or days without rain. Moist soil absorbs more heat. Keep the moisture level as even as possible. Ice crystals form on the leaf surface and take moisture out of the leaves. Plants suffer and incur more frost damage if they are dehydrated. Make sure you check soil moisture during periods of cold north winds too. These winds tend to dry plants out the most.
If plant dehydration is your battle, try Wilt Stop Plant Protector.
- It is a natural, non-toxic product derived from the resin on pine trees
- It forms a soft, flexible, clear film on treated plants.
- This film protects plants from drying out, drought, windburn, sun scald and winter kill.
- Find it at all Green Acres locations or other local nurseries.
Correctly Placing the Frost Cloth
You just bought the frost cloth and the forecast is for a very cold night with frost.
How do you apply the fabric?
- Completely drape the plant from top all the way to the ground.
- Apply the cloth right before sun down to make sure the cloth gathers the heat produced in the ground during the day.
- Don't leave any openings in the cloth for the warm air to escape or cold air to enter at night.
- It is crucial that the frost cloth touches the ground, to the drip line of the plant.
Placing a heavy object like bricks or securing the fabric into the ground with frost fabric staples will insure that the cloth forms a seal with the ground and traps the warm air that radiates from the soil that is captured during the day. The bricks or staples will also secure the cloth on the plant in the case of heavy winds and or rain and reduces chances of it blowing off the plant.
Frost Cloth on Trees? Yes!
Remember, it is crucial that the frost cloth touch the ground to soak up radiant heat captured during the day. This is true of trees too! If you just wrap the top of the tree with frost cloth and leave the trunk exposed, much like a lollipop, the tree will not be able to trap the radiant heat from the ground. (See photo for the wrong way to apply it) Also, the cold night air will sink to the ground and the fabric will not be able to collect the heat or moisture to help the frost cloth protect the tree.
Following these simple instructions will help you keep your frost sensitive plants alive in the winter.
November 30th, 10am at All Green Acres locations.
After the long harsh days of summer, the cooler breezes of autumn bring relief to the plants and prompts a second bout of energy among gardeners. The weather feels like spring but instead of increasing temperatures, they are increasingly getting colder. The day-length, instead of increasing, is continually getting shorter in the fall.
These fall trends in temperature and day-length affect the physiological processes of plants in a different way than in the spring. In the spring, plants are poised to actively grow while in the fall, they prepare to go into dormancy. Some gardeners fail to take this fact into account. With the best of intentions, gardeners may do more damage than good when activities are poorly timed. Here is a list of some of the most common gardening blunders committed in this area (Zone 9) during this season.
1. Under Watering
This is probably the most common gardening blunder in the fall. The cooler temperatures and the angle of the sun are deceiving. They make the color of the soil and the leaves deeper mimicking the color of well watered plants.
Gardeners often take this as an indication that they can take a break from watering. The fact is - plants will continue to need water to function well. Water loss will continue through transpiration (from the plants) and evaporation (from the soil). Check the soil moisture and water whenever necessary.
2. Not Adjusting Irrigation Timer
The lawn is often the victim of this mistake. When the days get shorter and the temperature drops, water has a greater chance to linger in the soil and it remains more available for the plants. Overwatering can be avoided by judiciously adjusting the watering timers.
3. Applying Nitrogen to Woody Plants
Fertilizing is important but make sure to use the right fertilizer at the right time. Nitrogen promotes growth. Although growth is good, time may not be on your side. Application of nitrogen in the fall results in new growth that will still be young before the cold season sets in.
Young, soft branches are susceptible to frost damage and pests. Also, a young branch that has not fully hardened before it goes into dormancy (in the winter) does not have enough stored energy resulting into a weak and unproductive branch in the spring. If you must give in to the urge to fertilize, then apply one which is rich in phosphorous, which promotes stronger roots.
4. Pruning Woody Plants
Pruning early in the season has a similar result to the use of nitrogen fertilizer. In our Zone 9 area, fall temperatures are still warm enough that pruning will induce new buds to emerge. Beware!
Fall is not the time to encourage this to happen. The plants will be more vulnerable to frost damage. Instead, wait until the plant begins to turn color or drop leaves – this is a sure indication that the plant has begun dormancy.
5. Watering in Late Afternoon
This is generally a bad habit, but during fall it is even worse.
Wet leaves, especially with warm afternoons, promote the spread of diseases. Watering is better done early in the day so that moisture can evaporate quickly from the leaves.
6. Lawn Seeding
Just because the fall weather allows successful germination of grass seeds, it does not imply that the new lawn will be healthy.
For best results, sow grass seeds when weather is still warm in late summer or early fall. This allows for uninterrupted development of foliage and roots prior to the cold winter months. If you simply must have that lawn in the fall, then opt for sod.
7. Ignoring Wildlife
As summer bounty dwindles, wild animals run out of their natural food supply and tend to search your front yard for nutritious meals. Pansies that adorned your front porch in the spring and summer may suddenly turn into a delectable salad in the fall for your four-legged-antlered friends (a.k.a. deer). If you were successful in evading disappointment last season, then maintain that success by choosing plants more carefully.
So there you go. This list is not exhaustive, but if you can avoid these common pitfalls, then you are in for great autumn of gardening.
At Green Acres, we offer a wide variety of nursery supplies for your fall gardening needs such as:
- Soil moisture testers
- Water-timers that coincide with local weather conditions
- Fertilizers for all types of plants
- Deer-resistant plants and deer-repellant sprays.
From the valley to your garden to your table!
Fall is the time to plant these favorites. Available for a short time only, these Pencil Onions have been favorites of Sacramento Valley gardeners for many years.
These onions perform well in the short days of Fall and Winter, when the sun shines only for a few hours. The original Italian Torpedo Onion was brought to the Central Valley during the Gold Rush by Italian gold miners. The original Stockton Red and Stockton Yellow Onions (Early Red Burger and Sweetpak are improved varieties of these old favorites) were developed locally to meet the need for food in the mines. Farmers in the central valley once planted these Onions by moon phase, as they felt it reduced the chances of the onions going to seed. Onions planted in the fall achieve the greatest size and keeping ability.
Plant pencil onions on raised beds or mounds to help keep the roots out of standing water in the winter and reduces root rot. Rich, well-drained soil in full sun will yield the greatest crop. Be sure to add blood and bone meal at planting time.
Beware of too much nitrogen fertilizer! Too much Nitrogen will cause seed production and the onions will not mature. Space ‘pencils’ in a row about 10 inches apart, or space at 5 inches and harvest every other one during the growing season to provide a crop throughout the winter and spring.
Water deeply but infrequently in the spring, and when the tops begin to fall over, stop all watering and let them harden off for a few weeks before harvest. This will reduce the incidence of seed production. Many growers will step on the tops during this period to stop all growth.
Below are the varieties available in the nursery for a short period of time. First two weeks of November!
Early Red Burger (Improved Stockton Red)
172 Days. Early, deep red, flat and sweet. Productive and less resistant to bolting (going to seed!). This variety has also been labeled ‘Italian Red’. It is our most popular Onion. Great for slicing and putting on hamburgers. Incredible flavor!
Italian Red Torpedo (Tropea Rossa Lunga)
180 Days, a large spindle shaped, pale-red onion. Sweet, mildly pungent flesh. Grows 6 to 8 inches long, 3 inches across. Great Salad Onions.
170 days, an excellent quality sweet, yellow flesh onion with brown skin. Medium-large bulbs with a flattened shape. Good keeping variety.
Walla Walla Sweet
184 Days, prized for its exceptionally mild and delicious flavor. Yellow skinned with white flesh. Great for burgers!
190 Days. Large Globe onion with a thin skin and moderately pungent flesh. Delicious!
These next 2 weeks are your FINAL chance to plant for the Fall. Download our Veggie List today!
**Thanks to Bob Mark of Marks seeding Services for his contribution.
Chase away winter blues with these cool season annuals. … plant now to make your garden smile this winter.
Pansy and Viola
The most popular winter color. Pansies are derived from Viola’s and usually have larger flowers than Viola’s. The word Pansy is from the French word “pensee” meaning “thoughts” or thoughts of lovers. The myth grew that you could see a loved one in the face of a pansy.
Pansies and Viola’s come in all colors. Yellow, gold, orange, purple, violet, red, white and purple (black). The flowers last all winter long and bloom into Spring. Pansies and Viola’s make great container plantings.
- Orange and Yellow Viola’s and Pansies make incredible Fall and Halloween Plantings.
- Red and White are traditional Christmas colors that can make a yard festive for the holidays!
- Try Red and gold or black and white planted in a pot for accent at your next 49’er or Raider party. Pansies and Violas can make a dull winter day fun and creative!
Also called Pot Marigolds, Winter Marigolds and English Marigolds. Calendula’s need cool weather to thrive. Native to Mediterranean climates, Calendula’s thrive here in Sacramento’s Mediterranean zone! Yellows and Oranges add a starburst of color to your garden during the foggy and rainy season!
Plant Calendula’s in your fall vegetable garden. Calendula’s make great companion plants since they have insect repelling properties. Plant them in a sunny location to take advantage of sunny winter days. Great in containers too! Cheer someone up with a pot of sunny yellows and oranges!
also called Matthiola incana, (pictured left). Stock produces fragrant colors of white, lavender, red and purple flower spikes that make your yard stand out during the cool season. Clove-like spice smells add seasonal zest to your senses during the holidays! Stock makes exceptional cut flowers. Native to the Mediterranean regions. Stock flower’s symbolize a happy life and a contented existence.
Cool season tuber that can turn even the most depressing winter day bright. Cyclamen are extremely hardy and come in different shades of white, bright pink, red or purple flowers.
Red and White Cyclamen add Christmas cheer to a yards' landscape. Cyclamen prefer shade to full sun during the winter. Cyclamen can also be grown inside in a sunny and cool room!
Special Cyclamen Varieties:
- 'Lazer' – A cyclamen enhanced with silver markings on the leaves. Lazer is one of the most shade and frost tolerant of all cyclamen. Excellent planted at entrances or in pots!
- 'Latina' - Fulflame cyclamen. Two tone flowering cyclamen. The flowers resemble flames and have a slight perfume smell. Make a dramatic statement!
- 'Metis' – Minature Cyclamen! Great for pots and window boxes!
Ornamental Kale and Cabbage
Add texture to your pots and planters. The colder the temps the more color! Ornamental Kale and Cabbage make excellent companion plantings. Plant with Stock, Pansies or Cyclamen for incredible color all winter!
Did you know that you can make Kale chips out of the leaves of your plants?
Kale Chips Recipe:
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a non- insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
With a knife or kitchen shears, carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces.
Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner.
Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, usually 10 to 15 minutes.
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Have limited space but love growing fruit? Why not grow columnar apples?
What are columnar apple trees?
They are apple trees that grow UP, like columns. The tree grows vertically with almost no branches and are an excellent space saver. They can be planted in the ground or in containers. They work especially well in small areas like decks or patios and grow up to 7-9' tall at full maturity. Delicious apples are produced in clusters along the trunk off of short spurs. Depending on the variety chosen a pollinator may be required, so check with a nursery professional for more details.
Why plant columnar apples?
If space is an issue or if you are just nuts about planting edibles be sure to look into columnar apples. A typical apple tree can get up to 20 feet tall. However, with columnar apples you get the fresh produce in a fraction of the size.
When do they produce?
Apple season is here! It begins in September and goes through November depending on the variety. The beauty of the columnar apple is that you get gorgeous full sized fruit the first year you plant them!
Try planting columnar apples in two twin containers, we think they look especially lovely when they are flanking a front door or entry way. If you have a sunny back patio plant in a line of containers like glazed pottery or whiskey barrels. This can act as a privacy screen to help separate you from the neighbors, or simply to separate your outdoor space.
- Plant in full sun. (At least 6 hours of sunlight per day)
- Plant trees 2 feet apart
- Plant at least 2 trees for cross-pollination purposes
- Water regularly during fruit development
Varieties at Green Acres
We carry 5G 'Northpole' columnar apples for $40 and in 10G containers we have 'Northpole' 'Scarlet Sentinel' and 'Golden Sentiniel' for only $75.*
Want to plant an apple tree? Download our official Planting Guide today!
*See stores for availabiity
We have had our doors open for 10 years now! We are a locally and family owned business and proud to be your local nursery in Sacramento since 2003!
Join our celebration by attending a weekend long Fall Festival Event!
This event is:
- Family, Kid and Dog Friendly
- On October 19 & 20
- At all Green Acres locations from 10am-5pm
October 19thFestivities include:
Dunk Tank- Proceeds Going to a Non-Profit
All proceeds going to South Sacramento Parkway Swimming Club. This club has been a meeting point for this community since the 1950’s but is in desperate need of updates. Ahmed Hassan will be leading the beautification design and installation but money is needed to complete this project. Dunk Ahmed Hassan the former star of DIY Network's Yard Crashers will be at our Folsom store in the Dunk tank raising money for this cause.
Free Kids Gardening Workshop-
Ahmed will be leading a free gardening workshop for kids of all ages and skill levels starting at 1pm at Folsom. Let their green thumb grow!
The All You Can Carry Carving Pumpkin Challenge-
How many Carving Pumpkins can YOU carry!? Find out and get a special price on how ever many carving pumpkins you can carry in your arms to the register.
Take Advantage of this deal starting Thursday, 10/17. Exclusively for our online followers!
- Go to any Green Acres Location
- Pick up as many Carving Pumpkins as you can carry in your arms.
- Show a Green Acres Staff person
- Mention the Code Words, "Lunch Lady" to cashier at checkout
- Get AS MANY Carving Pumpkins as you could carry for only $20, plus tax.
**Offer good 10/17/13- 10/23/2013. Valid on Carving Pumpkins only. Offer NOT valid any other types of pumpkins or gourds. Not valid with any other offer. Must mention Code Words at checkout to participate. See stores for details.
Free Food from Local Food Trucks-
A complimentary food voucher given 1 per customer from Green Acres. Enjoy food from Krush Burger at Roseville and Folsom & Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen at Sacramento.
Enjoy live music from 12-4. Local bands make the mood festive.
Free Face painting, balloon twisting, pumpkin decorating, games, plants, pumpkin patch, a Scavenger Hunt, raffles & more. All weekend long!
Fun for Kids of all Ages-
Local "GREEN" Organizations:
The SABA, (Sac Area Bee Keepers), Master Food Preservers, Master Gardeners & more will all be there with booths to help celebrate Fall.
On October 20th, the fair-like activities like games, face painting, balloon twisting, free treats continue but on a smaller scale than Saturday. This event will be fun for kids of all ages. Visit us this weekend!
If you joined us last time you know that now-a-days there are new introductions of smartscaping plants. Waterwise AND good looking plants. Join us for part 2 to learn about more new plants.
Shark Bay Boronia
Boronia crenulata ‘Shark Bay’
This Australian native is a dense, compact dwarf shrub with small green licorice-scented leaves. It has dainty pink flowers bloom year round.
- Low maintenance, requires little pruning.
- Prefers sun or part shade. Good choice for containers.
- Needs regular watering weekly or more often in extreme heat until established.
- Hardy to 20-25 degrees.
- Grows 2-4 feet all by 2-4 feet wide.
Wooly Blue Curls
A native to California! This plant has narrow aromatic leaves that are shiny green above and wooly white underneath with 1 foot long clusters of fuzzy blue flowers that bloom in spikes from May-August.
- Perfect for using as cut flowers.
- Plant attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
- This plant needs full sun and good drainage.
- Cold tolerant to 10 degrees.
- Grows 4 feet by 4 feet.
Shrub grows 4-6 feet high by 6-10 feet wide. Leaves become aromatic when brushed against or windblown. Foliage scent is a cross between lemon and mint. Beautiful yellow orange flowers resemble marigold blooms.
- This plant will grow in very hot and dry locations.
- The Mexican Marigold is deer resistant.
- It is great for rock gardens and container gardening.