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The Grapevine (July 20)

See tree options on tour

A tree tour of the arboretum on the grounds of the Extension Center at 21st and Ridge Road will be given July 27 during Tomato Day activities.

Extension agent Bob Neier will lead the tour, highlighting trees that would be good choices for planting this fall, including strong shade trees for low-maintenance landscapes. The tour is free and will be from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Meet in the Meadowlark Room inside the Extension Center.

Basil tip

Continue to plant basil transplants to provide a fresh stock for early fall when spring-planted basil gets seedy. Thrifty gardeners can sow seed in an 8- or 10-inch pot, kept in a sheltered spot outdoors. Separate and plant the seedlings in the garden in about a month. Use a seed-starting mix and keep the pot moist.

— Washington Post

In bloom at Botanica

Coneflowers are flowering at Botanica, including this Supreme Cantaloupe echinacea, in the Cissy Wise Wildflower Meadow.