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Shepard Center hosts huge Spring Sale

Find plants, garden art and much more March 5 and 6

Sign for Shepard Center
All the groups and clubs that call the Shepard Garden
& Art Center home will have booths with items for sale.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Get instantly in the mood for spring with the return of this major gardening event: the Shepard Center’s annual Spring Sale.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, the clubs that call Shepard Center home will offer plants, garden art, garden tools and equipment, books, crafts, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and antiques, and much more. In addition, several local artists will offer their work.

More than plants and products are available. This is a chance to meet representatives from several local clubs, get gardening advice or learn about a new hobby.

Admission and parking are free.

“Many of our clubs will be there along with artists and gardeners from our community,” say the organizers. “Stay for lunch: Blessings Catering will be serving sandwiches, chips and homemade cookies and cake slices.”

An added attraction: Stan the tool man! “Remember to bring your tools and things that need sharpening or drilling,” add the organizers. “Stan Logan will be in the back room to provide these services; all proceeds will be donated to the Center.”

Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Shepard Garden & Art Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.

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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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