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Shepard Center's Spring Sale expected to be held

The Sacramento Perennial Plant Club will be at the Shepard Spring Sale this weekend, but the group's own Gardener's Market, set for March 21, has been canceled.  (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
Other events canceled due to coronavirus concerns

This may be your last public gardening event for a while – unless it gets canceled, too.

Organizers of this weekend’s Spring Sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center say that their popular event will go on as planned.

Set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the event features plants, flowers, jewelry, arts and crafts, antiques, books and more. Admission and parking are free.

Representatives of the two dozen clubs that call Shepard Center home will be on hand to talk about their organizations as well as share their wares.

In light of coronavirus concerns, participants will practice “social distancing,” with tables well spaced apart. Surfaces will be repeatedly wiped down and kept clean as possible. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd,, Sacramento, in McKinley Park. For last-minute updates, click on or call 916-823-5500.

Among the groups that plan to participate in this weekend’s sale is the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club. On Thursday night, that club canceled its own big event – the 17th annual Gardener’s Market, which had been set for March 21 at Shepard Center.

Other weekend events either canceled or postponed include the Sacramento County master gardeners' Open Garden, which was set for Saturday morning at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, and High-Hand Nursery’s annual Wings & Wine fundraiser to support native birds.

“After much thought, we have decided to postpone Wings & Wine,” wrote nursery owner Scott Paris. “Postponing this much anticipated event is a very hard choice for me to make. But public safety is my number one concern above all. I’d rather lean on the side of caution.

“We will be issuing refunds to those of you that have bought tickets. Please give us a few days as we work out the details of processing refunds back to you.”


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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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