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Sacramento mum show set for this weekend

Pandemic can't stop 73rd annual celebration

White chrysanthemums
This trio of Mount Shasta mums was a winner
at an earlier show. (Photo courtesy Sacramento
Chrysanthemum Society

This show will go on!

This weekend, the Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society along with the Sacramento Floral Design Guild will present the 73rd annual Sacramento Chrysanthemum Show.

Open free to the public, the show will be held at Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park. Show hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 8.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings began in March, the mum show will be the first public flower show to be presented at Shepard Center. Although there have been few opportunities to celebrate and admire flowers in a traditional public gathering, that doesn’t mean flower lovers and exhibition growers have stopped gardening.

“The (show) theme is ‘Flower Power,’ appropriate since growing of flowers and vegetables has helped us maintain our sanity for the past months during the pandemic,” said longtime society member Sharon Peterson, who helped organize the mum show.

Precautions will be taken to keep everyone safe and healthy.

“Masks are required and social distancing will be observed,” Peterson said.

Besides exhibition quality mums and creative flower arrangements, the society will offer blooming mum plants for sale.

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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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