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Gardener's Market brings together local specialty nurseries, artisans

Sacramento Perennial Plant Club event features dozens of vendors at Shepard Center

Garden-inspired art and garden decor will be among the items for sale this Saturday, March 9, during the 19th annual Gardener's Market at the Shepard Garden & Arts Center, Sacramento.

Garden-inspired art and garden decor will be among the items for sale this Saturday, March 9, during the 19th annual Gardener's Market at the Shepard Garden & Arts Center, Sacramento. Courtesy Sacramento Perennial Plant Club

Grow local, shop local; that’s the motto of this annual event that brings local plant specialists together with Sacramento gardeners.

Saturday, March 9, the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club hosts its 19th annual Gardener’s Market, featuring dozens of specialty plant nurseries and garden vendors. Shepard Garden and Arts Center will be overflowing with interesting, hard-to-find plants as well as tools, supplies and garden-inspired arts and crafts.

“We have a great lineup of returning favorites and new vendors bringing in some unusual plants and garden treasures,” say the organizers. “The proceeds of this event help fund the club’s Grants Program, monthly speakers and community gardening projects.”

Come early for the best selection. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

New this year is “Ask a Gardener,” an advice table for gardening questions and answers. Bring photos or samples (in a sealed plastic bag).

What blooms in March in Sacramento? See for yourself at the market’s “What’s Blooming” display featuring perennials grown by club members.

Need tools sharpened? Or holes drilled in a container that would make the perfect flower pot if only it had drainage? This is the place. Both services are available for a donation of your choice.

Also available on a donate-what-you-wish basis are used garden books and magazines. This event will have a huge selection to take home.

Food and refreshments will be available for sale. Hourly drawings will be held for gifts donated by local nurseries and garden artisans. (Patrons must be present to win.)

Among the vendors scheduled to participate: Alexis Genung Studios, All Things Wild, Arti.fizer Yard Art, BirdFeedersRUs, Cactus and Clay, Classy Glass Art by Ali V, Cool Planet Revival of California, Essential Oil Apothecary, Friends of San Juan Oriente, Full Moon Metal Design, Geraniaceae, Golden Pond Water Plants, Gourds by Debby Rising, Janet Schultz Garden Art, Judy’s Plate Flowers, Light and Breezy Paper, and LinWil Design.

Also: Mad Man Bamboo, Martin Palomar Plants and Art, Morningsun Herb Farm, Naturally Printed, Pam’s Porch, Pioneer Pie & Pastry, Rock-It-Man Stoneworks, Second Chance Creations, She Sews-He Saws, Shmak Creations, Sin-sational Confections, Susan J Berg-Paintings & Prints, The Emerald City, The OG-Cacti & Succulents, The Shaman’s Garden, The Wild Bunch, Top of the Bottle and WPA Rock Garden T-Shirts.

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

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* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

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