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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.

Details and directions: www.sgaac.org .

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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