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Solano County Home and Garden Show returns to Dixon Fairgrounds

After year off due to pandemic, popular event is back March 26 and 27

Succulents are among the top garden trends of 2022. See more trends this weekend at Dixon Fairgrounds. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

It’s spring – which means it’s home and garden show season.

That wasn’t true last year or for most of 2020, when several local shows were canceled due to pandemic restrictions.

But with mandates relaxed, shoppers are eager to get out and see the latest in home and garden innovations. And vendors are eager to greet them.

The next show to return is the
Solano County Home and Garden Show , set for Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, at the Dixon Fairgrounds – 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento.

“(This) home and garden show has been a tradition since 2015,” said the event organizers. “Attendees are able come out and meet with home improvement specialists who can share their expertise on the latest products and services to find those finishing touches for unfinished projects and more.

“Come enjoy a unique shopping experience with our local artisans who design and make unique gifts and home decor items,” they added. “Our vendors offer a wide range of products and services on upgrades, repairs for heating and air, solar, kitchen and bathroom, doors and windows, screen, garage flooring, alarms, electrical and more.”

It will be a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere with a Kids Korner, Bingo Scavenger Hunt, lots of food and outdoor displays, say the organizers.

Although mask mandates have been relaxed, vendors and patrons are asked to wear face masks while indoors. Hand washing and social distancing are encouraged.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; seniors and military, $5. Children age 12 and under admitted free.

Dixon Fairgrounds is located at 655 S. First St., Dixon.

Details: or call 707-655-8439.

— Debbie Arrington


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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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