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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 March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

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

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

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

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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