gardening

The Big Show

Northern California Home & Landscape Expo has something for everyone A lot has changed in the quarter century since the Northern California Home & Landscape…


Old is new again

New seeds and plants for 2020 are twists on past favorites We want bigger tomatoes, smaller pumpkins and old-fashioned flowers in modern hues. But a…


A rosy tradition

In three hours, volunteers prune entire McKinley Park rose garden Rain can’t keep rose lovers out of this garden. The first Saturday of each year,…


Seed money

Perennial plant club grows gardening with grants Think of this as seed money for the future of Sacramento gardening. Each January, the Sacramento Perennial Plant…


Poinsettia passion

The star-like flower is a holiday favorite, especially in red Seeing red? It’s that time of year—poinsettia season. Christmas in California wouldn’t be the same…


Pruning time

You can’t smell the roses if they’re way over your head It’s time to tell your roses: Knock it off! November’s mostly dry and relatively…


Fallen leaves

Turn all that foliage into free mulch “What am I going to do with all these leaves?” Ankle deep in fallen foliage, that’s a common…


Holiday cheer

Gardeners have many ways to grow seasonal spirit There’s no snow on the ground in Sacramento, no frosty cues for hot chocolate and sleigh bells….


Return of ‘The Claw’

Leaf season in Sacramento brings back curbside collection Scraaaape! “The Claw” is back and it’s music to my ears. As a Sacramento homeowner and avid…


Fire season

Suburban residents need to be ready for wildfires, too My trees are touching and it’s making me nervous. The more I learn about wildfires—how they…