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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 April 7

The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash. Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias. Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom. April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

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