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Begonia show, sale returns to Shepard Center

After year off during pandemic, Sacramento chapter celebrates ‘Together Again’

Angel wing begonias
Angel-wing begonias will be among the many kinds on display. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

September is begonia time in Sacramento. And local begonia lovers are ready to celebrate.

After no show in 2020, the Sacramento begonia show returns to Shepard Garden and Arts Center this weekend with an appropriate theme: “Begonias Together Again.”

“We hope to see you at our show,” wrote club members in their invitation. “Our show last year was canceled, and we’re so happy to be ‘Together Again.’ ”

Hosted by the Joan Coulat Sacramento Branch of the American Begonia Society, this event fills Shepard Center with beautiful plants, treasured for their foliage as well as their flowers.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, and 10 a.m. to 3 pm Sunday, Sept. 19. Admission and parking are free. According to Sacramento’s pandemic protocols, patrons must wear face masks.

“We will have over 1,000 begonias for sale, including ‘painted begonias’ (rex type), Angel Wings (cane-type with leaves in the shape of angel wings), rhizomatous-type, and begonias which require terrariums,” say the organizers. “On display in our show will be locally grown begonias and members will be on-hand to answer your questions about growing here in Sacramento.”

Enter your own begonias, too. Entries are due Friday. Contact the club at for a “Show Schedule and Registration Form.”

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.

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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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