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Gardening: Learn from the masters

Find out how you can get the most out of your home garden by attending two free workshops presented by Placer County Master Gardeners at their demonstration garden in Auburn. The w ...

Colfax Garden Club sponsors two-day course May 14 to 15

Colfax Garden Club is sponsoring a National Garden Club (NGC) two-day Garden Study School on May 14 and May 15. It will be held at the Shady Glen Estates Clubhouse 450 Gladycon Ro ...

Don’t let Scotch Broom bloom

That lovely, horrible Scotch Broom is blooming along the roadside, yellow and sweetly, again! I write to remind readers that Scotch Broom (French Broom, Spanish Broom, Portuguese B ...

Mulch in the vegetable garden: Hay or straw?

Q. What is the difference between straw and hay and which should I use for mulch in my veggie garden? A. Straw and hay are both field crops. The word “hay” refers to ...

Colfax Garden Club sponsors two plant sales

        The Colfax Garden Club’s annual spring plant sale will feature hundreds of plants plus 15 flats of vegetables and 4” pots of ...

Master Gardeners kick off spring with Garden Faire

The UCCE Placer County Master Gardeners are ringing in spring with something for the whole family. The 1st annual Garden Faire on April 2 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn ...

Pledge your garden for the big event

Hello Colfax. The Colfax Garden Club is currently looking for gardens to be on this year’s Garden & Art tour Saturday, June 25. If you enjoy gardening, have been working ...

Garden school set for March 5 and March 6

The Colfax Garden Club sponsors a gardening study school March 5 and March 6 at the Shady Glen Recreation Hall. The March 5 class, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes topics on ...

Colfax Garden Club sponsors 10-hour study sessions

Colfax Garden Club is sponsoring a gardening study school, open to the public. Each of the four sessions will be for 10 hours. The first session will be on Jan. 16 and Jan. 17 in ...

High Sierra sets the scene for horticulture tour

Landscaping in the Sierra will be on view for the Lake of the Sky Garden Club’s 2015 Truckee Garden tour Saturday, July 25. The tour, in its 27th year, takes in eight garden ...

Lavender farm is couple’s field of dreams

Bywater Hollow Lavender farm is a unique stop along Placer County’s Wine Trail between Auburn and Lincoln. The 13-acre farm is a family owned and operated establishment that ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Control fire blight as soon as it appears

Question: My Aristocrat pear tree’s leaves started to turn black in May, as did the branches that held them. And many blooms also looked burned.  What is wrong and how d ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Rototilling does more harm than good in the garden

Question:  I always rototill the ground every spring before I plant my vegetable garden — and almost always have great results. Of course, I always plow in fully aged ma ...

Bear River program nurtures green thumbs

With a harvest of onions, lettuce and other vegetables, Bear River High School completed a successful return of horticulture to the campus. Students and faculty of the 2014-2015 ...

Picture perfect means having the right frame in mind

For 19 years, Kelli Fortenbaugh Lopopolo operated High Street Gallery in Downtown Auburn. She recently moved her shop to Meadow Vista and renamed it Sierra Art Services. The Colf ...