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Seeds: Garden tours show Sacramento’s links to waterways

Apr 19, 2014
Seeds: Garden tours show Sacramento’s links to waterways


A “Crimson Queen” Japanese maple, left, graces the Happy Frog Pond in the garden of Pauline and Irv Faria, which will be open to the public April 26. Above, one of the garden’s camellias.

We are a community built on waterways. That sense of place not only inspires major...

Seeds: Showing off in Sacramento-area garden tours

Apr 11, 2014
Seeds: Showing off in Sacramento-area garden tours


Phillips and Rix Pink China Climber is among the rare roses in Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery.

We all know how April showers bring May flowers (and hopefully, we’ll have a few of both). But April flowers have the power to bring out something else – crowds.

April’s...

Taste for honey grows along with concern for bees

Apr 8, 2014
Taste for honey grows along with concern for bees


Honey is an ancient staple that’s finding new appreciation among both foodies and bee lovers.

With the season’s annual sense of renewal, spring flowers bring (hopefully) bees buzzing – and thoughts of honey.

Not surprisingly, honey sweetens many spring favorites for Passover gatherings. The Jewish holiday begins...

Seeds: Native lilacs in UC Davis’ New Front Yard series

Apr 4, 2014
Seeds: Native lilacs in UC Davis’ New Front Yard series


California native lilacs come in several colors. This is the Marie Simon ceanothus hybrid in the UC Davis Arboretum.

Ellen Zagory sees examples every day; city gardeners are embracing the concept of the “New Front Yard.”

“Reducing water use doesn’t mean brown and dry,”...

Seeds: Heirloom fruit has bonus beyond taste

Mar 28, 2014
Seeds: Heirloom fruit has bonus beyond taste


These heirloom pears are among the scores of varieties organic farmer Amigo Bob Cantisano is trying to reintroduce to California growers. Doyenné Robin pears trace back to 1840 and are described as “meltingly sweet and juicy.”

There’s a reason heirloom crops have lasted a hundred years or more.

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Arts: Dueling ‘Carmina’ presentations on Sacramento’s spring schedule

Mar 24, 2014
Arts: Dueling ‘Carmina’ presentations on Sacramento’s spring schedule


The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, conducted by Donald Kendrick, will perform “Carmina Burana” on May 17..

As fate would have it, Sacramento has a wealth of “Carmina Burana” this spring.

Both the Sacramento Ballet and the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra will present major productions of...

Seeds: Spring flowers distract from drought worries

Mar 21, 2014
Seeds: Spring flowers distract from drought worries


Enjoying unseasonally warm weather in late February, bees buzz around a flowering pear (Pyrus calleryana) in Sacramento, above. At left, tulips bloom in Sacramento’s Fremont Community Garden.

Daffodils don’t read the weather report. Neither do tulips or lilacs or a basket full of other early spring bloomers.

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In Season: Dried beans handy meal-maker in early spring’s ‘shoulder season’

Mar 18, 2014
In Season: Dried beans handy meal-maker in early spring’s ‘shoulder season’


An early spring dish, rosemary white beans with lamb, also includes haricots verts, a thin French variety of green bean that can be found in many markets.

They’re as versatile as they are satisfying and economical. But if you think they’re fit only for burrito filling or tostadas, you...

Seeds: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show revives ‘wow factor’

Mar 14, 2014
Seeds: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show revives ‘wow factor’


The 2014 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show will put the emphasis on colorful (but drought-tolerant) flowers. Pictured here are purple flowering Geranium x procurrens 'Ann Folkard' with Sedum “Autumn Joy” in front of Veronicastrum virginicum “Fascination” foliage in a garden designed by Gary Ratway.

Nathan Beeck got...

Bake a perfect pie for Pi Day

Mar 11, 2014
Bake a perfect pie for Pi Day


Michele Stuart’s turtle pecan pie is laced with homemade hot fudge and caramel sauces.

Michele Stuart makes perfect pies. Her reputation depends on it.

A 27-time national pie baking champion, Stuart has honed her technique to turn out thousands of memorable pastries. Author of “Perfect Pies &...



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