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After a year off, big home show is back

Auburn Spring Home Show returns to Gold County Fairgrounds May 14-16

This is the Grand Prize fire pit by Gloria Landscaping to be
given away at the show. (Photos courtesy
Auburn Home Shows)

One more sign that life is returning to almost normal: An in-person home and garden show!

After a year off due to the pandemic, the Auburn Spring Home Show returns to the Gold Country Fairgrounds for three days of exhibits, vendors and lots of mostly outdoor recreational shopping.

Open this Friday through Sunday, the event will still observe COVID protocols including face masks and social distancing. Many vendors will use outdoor booths to show off their wares and services.

Hours are: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 14; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 15; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 16.

Although somewhat scaled back compared to past years, this is going to be a big event. Organizers expect about 1,000 exhibits and vendors, ranging from landscaped vignettes to an International Food Court.

Among the highlights: Landscapers Meadow. Like a park within the fairgrounds, it features show gardens created by local landscape designers. Shaded by trees, it’s an oasis of ideas as well as a cool place to take a break.

This recycled wood table is made by Urban Wood Network.
Also featured this week will be the work of “tree recyclers” such as Urban Wood Network and Far West Forest Products, who turn fallen or dead trees or other salvaged wood into home furnishings.

Auburn Home Shows always feature a great giveaway. This year’s grand prize: An outdoor firepit with custom seating wall, created by Gloria Landscaping.

General admission is $8. Youth age 12 and younger admitted free. Friday is Seniors Day with $3 admission for patrons age 62 and older. Active and retired military, police, fire and first responders admitted free with ID. Parking: $6. No pets please; no animals are allowed except service animals.

Gold Country Fairgrounds is located at 1273 High St., Auburn. The parking lot is located at 209 Fairgate Road, Auburn.

Full details including discount coupons and vendor maps: .

- Debbie Arrington


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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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