Articles by Debbie Arrington

Go native

Native plants are good for animals and save water Do something for local wildlife. Plant a native. If you want to help Sacramento birds, bees…


A hidden gem with an English touch

Sacramento’s Woodlake neighborhood takes a bow for home tour Woodlake always was meant to be different. Its winding streets deliberately contrast with Sacramento’s logical straight-line…


All about begonias

Sacramento hosts national convention for popular plant For the first time in 41 years, Sacramento is the Begonia Capital. Begonia lovers from throughout the country…


Halloween, wine and blossoms

Gardeners should mark these dates on their calendars Too early to think about Halloween? Not if you want to squeeze into Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery…


Smart, not lazy

Organic gardening pioneer says planning pays off When it comes to gardening, Robert Kourik sees value in being lazy. Take a step back, sit down…


Sticks and stones

Use mulch, not rocks, around lawn trees Rocks in a garden can be attractive. They can form paths or add accents. But rock mulch around…


A haven no more?

A bee sanctuary at UC Davis faces funding crunch Honey bees aren’t the only ones at risk. So is their Yolo County haven. Officially named…



Gardening the Grid

Midtown residents squeeze plants into tight spaces While gardening in Midtown, you never know what you’ll dig up. “These homes were built before they had…