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Sacramento Rose Show returns Saturday after hiatus

First rose show since 2019 will fill Shepard Center with blooms

Display of roses on tables in  large room
The Shepard Center will again be adorned with roses this Saturday, just as it was during the 2019 rose show, shown here. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

It’s (finally) time to smell – and see – the roses!

After a three-year break, the Sacramento Rose Show will once again fill Shepard Garden and Arts Center with fragrant flowers Saturday, April 30, for its annual show and sale.

This will be Sacramento’s first rose show since 2019 after COVID precautions canceled the club’s 2020 and 2021 shows. Sacramento’s 74th annual rose show, the event will be open to the public from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

Expect to see hundreds of roses at their peak of beauty. In addition, talented flower arrangers will create arrangements with the 2022-inspired theme “Deuces are Wild.” A judged rose photography contest will also be on display.

Diana rose
The beautiful form of the Diana, Princess of Wales, rose makes it
popular with exhibitors.

Besides viewing all the gorgeous blooms, patrons may take some roses home, too. Cut roses will be offered at $1 per stem, six for $5; for $10, take home a dozen roses and a free vase. An assortment of potted rose bushes, mostly hard-to-find varieties, will be available for $20 each.

A special added attraction will be the sale of beautiful vintage-glass bird feeders created by BirdFeedersRUs of Folsom.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park. After seeing the show, check out the McKinley Park Memorial Rose Garden, too.

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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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