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Cal Expo hosts Sacramento Home and Garden Show

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Garden gadgets and more will be offered at the Sacramento Home and Garden
show this weekend. (Photo courtesy Sacramento Home and Garden Show)

Seniors get discount admission on Friday; hundreds of vendors at 38th annual event

Get ready for home improvement season during the 38th annual Sacramento Home and Garden Show, which opens Friday at Cal Expo.

Hundreds of vendors and displays will be offered during this three-day show, billed as Sacramento’s original home show. According to show organizers, the vendor list features experts in “patio covers and sunrooms, heating and air conditioning, landscaping, solar, building contractors, electrical and plumbing specialists, real estate, travel, finance, floor covering, garage cabinets, home entertainment, interior design, home furnishings, kitchen and bath cabinets and appliances, lighting, roofing, painting, gutters, home security, windows, doors, siding, tile, stone, marble and granite counters/surfaces.”

And of course, gardening and landscaping will be part of this big show with demonstration gardens and displays. Discover gadgets galore as well as garden art, sheds, furniture, hardscape, ceramics, plants and more. A full list of vendors is available from the show’s website. Click here for the vendor map:

Forming a one-stop home marketplace, most vendors will be inside Cal Expo’s Pavilion Building. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. General admission is $7; children age 12 and younger admitted free. Parking: $10. No pets allowed.

Friday is seniors day; admission is $3 for patrons age 62 and older.

Details and tickets: .


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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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