Capital City club hosts huge houseplant event Saturday
This beauty is identified as a Rob's Boolaroo variety of
African violet, a winner at a previous Capital City show.
(Photos: Debbie Arrington)
It’s violet time (again) in Sacramento. On Saturday, April 2, the Capital City African Violet Society will host its annual spring sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park.
Instead of a judged show, the club will host a display of members’ prized African violets at their peak of bloom. That way patrons can see some of the beautiful varieties also offered in the sale.
The club’s major fundraiser, the sale features hundreds of plants, ready to go to new homes. Many of these are unusual varieties that aren't available in local nurseries.
In addition, the club offers supplies for growing African violets and other flowering houseplants. Also, get advice on repotting African violets and prompting them to bloom.
Sale hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday or when all plants are sold. Admission and parking are free.
Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.
The Shepard Center will be filled with African violets again on
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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.
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* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.
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* 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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