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Save the dates for local garden tours

The Folsom Garden Club hosts Gardens of Folsom later this month. The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills will host its sixth annual Gardens of the Hills in May. Photo courtesy of the Folsom Garden Club

Gardening, for the enthusiast, is a lifelong adventure. There are books covering every topic: landscaping, hardscaping, garden design styles, annuals, perennials … you name it. Then there are the tomes on the plant varieties within those categories. Drought-tolerant gardening is of special interest these days. Water restrictions in our community and in the surrounding area […]

No Comment / April 12, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Menagerie’ brings a new twist to the healing arts

Packed with personality, these aren’t your typical jackrabbits. The ceramic sculpture art of Jeanette Morrow and the mixed media paintings of Mariam Pakbaz are on view at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Photo by Susan Laird

The arts are many things. Creative outlets, certainly. Expressions of the individual within. They can make us cry. And laugh. With the world as crazy as it is, it is especially important to find good things to lift the spirit. A genuine smile is a balm for the soul faced with daily worries. The Gallery […]

No Comment / April 05, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Straw bale gardening

By Barbara Finley UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Get a bale of straw. Add sun, water and fertilizer. Get it cooking. Plant and watch things grow. This is straw bale gardening (SBG). Maybe it’s not quite that simple; however, I have a young friend who had no prior gardening experience and her first […]

No Comment / March 29, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony grows with Rejuvenation

Backstories fascinate me. They can open up an unexpected world for any art piece. For example, in the movie “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” actors Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison had a quiet competition during the filming. Harrison, a tall man at 6 foot, 1 inch, put lifts in his shoes to bring himself up to Heston’s […]

No Comment / March 22, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Park that rototiller … permanently

By Paula Bertram UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County  Digging and tilling — although traditional ways of preparing soil for planting — have fallen into disrepute. The churning up and mixing of soil layers can have several deleterious results, including: Bringing up weed seeds from dormancy — so you get more weeds, not less! Disturbing the invaluable top layer of soil […]

Comments Off / March 01, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Third annual LUNAFEST film festival to benefit community

One of the great things about America is that when we want to bring awareness to an issue (or issues), we take can use the medium of film. The Soroptimist Club of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills, which focuses its efforts on improving the lives of women and girls in our local community and throughout the […]

Comments Off / February 24, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Spring into action with these Amador County activities

Thousands of blooms perfume the air when spring comes to McLaughlin's Daffodill Hill Ranch in Amador County. The popular venue opened on Monday, due to the early warm weather. Photo courtesy of Amador Chamber of Commerce

There are always things to do in and around our community, but once the weather starts warming our soil … activities seem to take off as fast as a gardener’s weeding schedule. If you’ve never driven through the Shenandoah Valley in Amador County in the spring sunshine, you haven’t experienced God’s Country yet. This place […]

2 Comments / February 22, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »