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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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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