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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.

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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