74th annual Sacramento Chrysanthemum Show this weekend
Chrysanthemums of all varieties will be on display during the 74th annual
Sacramento Chrysanthemum Show this weekend. (Photo courtesy Sacramento
It’s one of the oldest and most popular horticultural events in Sacramento – and it’s back in person at Shepard Garden and Arts Center.
This weekend, see hundreds of spectacular mums in dozens of varieties during the 74th annual Sacramento Chrysanthemum Show. This year’s theme: “Mums on Parade.”
Open to the public, the show will observe COVID precautions. Patrons are asked to wear face masks while enjoying the indoor displays.
Besides amazing exhibition mums, carefully crafted flower arrangements will be on display, thanks to the Sacramento Floral Design Guild.
Learn how to grow and care for mums, one of the best plants for fall color in Sacramento. In 13 distinct flower forms, mums come in virtually every color except blue and true black plus many combinations.
Show hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. (Remember that daylight saving time ends early Sunday morning!) Parking and admission are free.
Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.
Details and directions: www.sgaac.org .
Questions about the show? Email SacramentoMums@gmail.com.
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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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