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African violets on exhibit and for sale Saturday

Shepard Center is site for annual flower event

Pale lavender African violet
This beauty is identified as a Rob's Boolaroo variety of
African violet, a winner at a previous Capital City show.
(Photos courtesy Capital City African Violet Society)

While spring flowers are popping out all over, it’s time to turn out attention to some indoor bloomers: African violets.

Saturday, April 24, the best African violets of the greater Sacramento region will be on display during the annual Capital City African Violet Society show and sale at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park.

Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the show and sale will feature dozens of outstanding specimen plants in full bloom.

In addition, patrons can take home some beautiful violet plants. The event’s sale will offer hundreds of plants in many hard-to-find varieties not available in local nurseries.

Canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, this show and sale is always a wonderful spot to get advice about growing African violets, a longtime favorite houseplant. Society members can show how to replant an overgrown plant and other care tips.

If it seems this show is later than usual, it is. Traditionally, the Capital City African Violet Society show is held the first weekend in April. With the cancellation of the 2021 Sacramento Rose Society show, this prime Saturday became available.

As with all events at Shepard Center this spring, patrons should wear facemasks and stay socially distanced. Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Admission and parking are free.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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