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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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