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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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