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Shepard Center hosts huge fall sale

Clubs, vendors offer plants, flowers, books, collectibles and more

Ikebana International, Sacramento Chapter #26,  is among the clubs that use the Shepard Garden & Arts Center. The center's all-club fall sale is this weekend. (Photos: Kathy Morrison)

Help the Shepard Garden & Arts Center and get some great deals, too.

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Shepard Center in McKinley Park will host its annual fall sale and celebration, featuring dozens of Sacramento clubs that call the center home.

Admission and parking are free. This weekend, food also will be available for sale.

Proceeds from the sale not only help keep the clubs in business, but go toward center operations. Among the participating clubs are the Begonia Society, Fuchsia Society and Perennial Plant Club, said Therese Ruth, who serves as recording secretary on the center’s board. Some popular outside vendors also were invited to participate.

According to center director Kathy Norton, the sale will feature lots and lots of plants including California natives, cymbidium orchids, bearded irises, African violets and bamboo. This inventory was almost all nurtured by clubs that regularly use the center for their meetings and other activities. Members of the Sacramento Floral Design Guild will create flower arrangements and bouquets for sale.

Crafts, antiques and decor items also will be on sale at the Shepard Center,
along with plenty of plants and flowers.
Get a jump on holiday shopping, too. Local artisans will offer handmade jewelry, clothing, crafts, garden art and more.

In addition, find photos, antiques, used books, collectibles and other interesting items while also meeting club members. Looking for a hobby? This is a great place to start.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Details and directions: .


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Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

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* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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