garden

Auburn garden is thriving family tribute

The towering silverleaf maples, oaks and coastal redwoods that frame Jo An Loop’s backyard have a special meaning to her. She and her husband planted them when they moved into th ...

‘Garden dad’ flexes green thumb for Antelope Creek

John Fracchia is known around Antelope Creek Elementary as the “garden dad.” He took it upon himself to revamp the school garden that had gone abandoned for years and turned i ...

Dads take on school’s honey-do list

Valley View had some added help to spruce up the campus last Thursday. The elementary school held its first Dad’s Volunteer Day, bringing fathers back to school for a morning ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Attract ‘good bugs’ for healthier plants

By Elaine Applebaum Placer County Master Gardener Question: Is there anything I can do to increase the number of ladybugs, praying mantids and other “good bugs” in my yard? ...

Hummingbirds keep habitat in tune

The foothills’ rainless summers are perfectly comfortable for many native plants once established. And where native plants flourish, hummingbirds, among many creatures, find op ...

Seasoning with color

With splashes of vibrant magentas, deep greens and blues, Ruben and Virginia Carrillo’s Granite Bay backyard is a garden lover’s paradise. Any time of the year, trees through ...