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Grow For It! Fragrant flowering plants

By Kit Smith UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Fragrant flowers add so much to the garden. Before planting any plant, consider the plant’s needs in terms of irrigation, soil nutrients, sun, air and space. Find that spot in the yard and the plant will most likely thrive. A summertime favorite is the gardenia; it likes […]

No Comment / May 05, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Pioneer Jews of the Gold Rush’ a treasured gem of history

The Gold Rush of 1849 brought people of virtually every race, nationality and ethnicity to the Golden State. If you were ambitious and willing to work hard, you came to the Mother Lode. Among those who came were people of a small, ethnic community. A people historically without a country during that time. A people […]

No Comment / April 24, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Who is the Man of the Shroud?’ exhibit in Sacramento

The Sacramento metro area is home to numerous museums. This should hardly be surprising, considering the significance of California in this great nation. From to the Crocker Art Museum to the Folsom History Museum, there are depositories of history and knowledge here. Some are large, others so small they feature just one topic. One small […]

No Comment / April 06, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Mulch magic

By Barbara Finley UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Unless you are Punxatawney Phil and still in your underground hole, you have heard that California is in a drought. Precipitation this year has been minimal, and the water supply is anticipated to be limited. With such a water reality, does that mean you can’t garden? […]

No Comment / March 30, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Soroptimists to host LUNAFEST film to benefit local community

Words mean things. As a writer, they fascinate me. Take, for example, the word “patron.” It’s an Old English word, borrowed from the Latin “patronus,” which itself comes from the Latin word “pater,” meaning “father.” In ancient times, men were the ones who held positions of leadership in the community. (Although, I’ve often wondered about […]

No Comment / March 16, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Plein air artists capture the great outdoors at the Gallery at 48 Natoma

Spring is here. And while we absolutely need more rain, Mother Nature is moving forward nonetheless. The Sandhill Cranes flew over Folsom Lake last week, the mockingbirds and robins are in full song and the neighborhood raccoons are out seeking mates. There is magic in the air this time of year. And who better to […]

No Comment / March 09, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Planting for fall color

Master Gardener Susan Corey-McAlpine

By Susan Corey-McAlpine UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County “Fall has always been my favorite season — the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” — Lauren DeStefano, “Wither” It’s very true that our Western Slope fall color can rival the East […]

No Comment / March 02, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »