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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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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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