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Sacramento Camellia Show tops busy weekend

From big sale to dog adoptions, lots to do to celebrate spring

Camellia blossoms on table
Camellia blossoms fill the blue-ribbon table at a past Camellia Show. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)

Pent-up gardening enthusiasm is finally getting a big spring release.

After many March 2021 events were canceled due to the pandemic, this nearly normal (and very full) calendar is sure to prompt spring gardening fever. Here’s a sample:

* Sacramento Camellia Show: The 98th annual edition will fill the Elks Lodge on Riverside Boulevard with blooms. Hours: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Admission and parking are free. The Elks Lodge is located at 6446 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, where Florin Road dead-ends at Riverside Boulevard.

Read more here: https://sacdigsgardening.blogspot.com/2022/02/heat-brings-out-camellias-early.html

* Sacramento Home & Garden Show: The “original” returns to Cal Expo for three days of home and garden shopping and inspiration. Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, March 4; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Admission is $7; seniors, $4. Parking: $10. Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.

Read more at: https://sacdigsgardening.blogspot.com/2022/02/sacramento-home-garden-show-returns.html

* Shepard Center Spring Sale: This huge event features dozens of clubs and local vendors. Bring your tools to be sharpened, too. Free admission and parking. Sale hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.

Read more at: https://sacdigsgardening.blogspot.com/2022/03/shepard-center-hosts-huge-spring-sale.html

* Dog Adoption Day: Bring home a new friend! Green Acres Nursery & Supply’s Auburn location – the former Eisley’s Nursery – is hosting this event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Green Acres will put $100 towards adoption fees for adoptions made during this event. Nursery is located at 380 Nevada St., Auburn.

Details and directions: www.idiggreenacres.com .


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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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