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Bonsai community pays tribute to Gary Judd

This is one of the bonsai trees tended by the late Gary Judd, who will be remembered this weekend with tributes at the Capital City Bonsai Association's 20th anniversary show. (Photo courtesy Sacramento Bonsai Club)

20th anniversary show set for Oct. 19 and 20 at Shepard Center

A special tribute to a pillar among little trees will be held at this weekend’s Capital City Bonsai Association’s 20th anniversary show.

Hosted by all four of Sacramento’s bonsai clubs, this special show will be a tribute to Gary Judd, who served as president of the Sacramento Bonsai Club for 22 years. He also was a member of six bonsai clubs: American Bonsai Association, Sacramento, Sierra, Satsuki Aikokai, Bonsai Sekiyu Kai and Bay Island. Judd died Aug. 9. The longtime Rocklin resident was 79.

“Gary established the Capital City Bonsai Association 20 years ago with the show as a fundraising event to help support the new GSBF (Golden State Bonsai Federation) Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt in Oakland,” said the show organizers.

In Judd’s honor, the Shepard Garden and Arts Center will be filled with a forest of little trees, some showing fall color. A few of Judd’s own trees, which he masterly tended for years, will be displayed.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20. Demonstrations will be offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are free.

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



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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

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

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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