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Annual mum sale coming to Shepard Center

Exhibition-quality mums are among those offered for sale. (Photo courtesy
Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society)

Shut down no more, center hosts first major event in two months

Mums can’t wait any longer. These young plants need homes.

After two months of mostly cancellations, garden events return to Sacramento’s Shepard Garden and Arts Center on Friday and Saturday when the Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society hosts its annual cuttings sale.

Hundreds of chrysanthemums in dozens of unusual varieties will be offered for sale. This includes many exhibition mums, valued for their large size and varied forms, as well as several heritage mums. These varieties are not available in stores or local nurseries.

Late May and June is perfect planting time for these rooted cuttings. Put in the ground or pots now, they’ll bloom this fall – just in time for the society’s fall show on Nov. 7.

The cuttings sale will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, May 29, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30, or until the plants run out. Fortunately, the weather forecast is considerably cooler both days.

Social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions will be observed. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks and stay at least 6 feet apart.

Looking for a particular variety? For specific plant requests, email .

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

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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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