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NorCal Home & Landscape Expo returns

Cal Expo hosts event with pandemic protocols in place

Patio exhibit with fountain and chairs
The Landscape Showcase of "Staycation Gardens"
will be among the highlights of the Home &
Landscape Expo at Cal Expo. (Photo courtesy
NorCal Home & Landscape Expo)

The show will go on!

After taking a prolonged pandemic break, the Northern California Home & Landscape Expo returns to Cal Expo for a three-day run.

Set for Feb. 4-6, this event will be the area’s largest home show since winter 2020. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Admission is $10; children age 12 and under admitted free; parking, $10. Seniors (age 62 and up) get $5 admission on Friday, Feb. 4.

Before the pandemic, this expo regularly attracted more than 25,000 patrons. To comply with Covid-19 protocols, the expo will be checking vaccination status or proof of negative test at the admission gate. Face masks and social distancing also will be required.

“Attendees and exhibitors will need to show proof of vaccination OR a negative antigen Covid-19 test within one day of the start of the event or the date you will be attending OR a negative PCR test within two days of the start of the event or the date you will be attending,” posted the event’s organizers.

Organizers say they’ve made several changes to their format to make sure patrons feel safe.

“The Home & Landscape Expo is a safe shopping environment, which utilizes multiple buildings and entrance doors, with admission hours spread out over three days,” they posted on the event’s website. “New this year (are) wider aisles, use of the larger exhibit halls, additional ventilation, increased cleaning and sanitization stops.”

In terms of Covid danger, organizers said their event will be “similar to the experience of shopping at Costco or other home improvement big box stores."

“In other counties and venues, the show would have been classified under shopping mall and museum guidelines, which most closely resembles what we do and would have required no additional testing or restrictions,” they said.

Free workshops will be held each day featuring such popular speakers as landscape designer Michael Glassman, master gardener Pam Bone, water-wise landscaping expert Roberta Walker, interior designer Becca Cason and author Margie Grace.

Always a highlight is the expo’s Landscape Showcase, with show gardens created by local designers. This year’s theme: “Staycation Gardens.”

“Many homeowners are striving to create a vacation paradise in their own backyard instead of living for a week-long vacation,” say the organizers. “Area designers have submitted their best designs and only a few are selected to participate. Be sure to spend some time admiring these beautiful displays, seeing the latest in plants and design ideas, and learn ways you can enhance your own landscape.”

In addition, patrons can meet hundreds of vendors and shop for a broad range of home and garden products and services.

Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. Tickets are on sale now. For advance tickets and more information: .


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* 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.

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

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

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