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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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Plan to make the most of the mild weather in your garden.

* October is the best month to plant trees and shrubs.

* October also is the best time to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to planting holes or beds, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

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