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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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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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