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Find spring inspiration (and plants) at Vendor Sale

Morningsun Herb Farm, a favorite vendor at this event,
will bring herbs as well as unusual perennials,
such as this Moroccan daisy.
(Photo: Courtesy Morningsun Herb Farm)
Sacramento Perennial Plant Club hosts free event; Arrington featured noon speaker

Start spring with new plants, inspiration and some gifts for your garden (or favorite gardener). Find them all at the 16th annual Vendor Sale, hosted by the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, the
Shepard Garden and Arts Center will be overflowing with garden-oriented vendors, and not just selling perennials. Among the popular sellers expected for the event are geranium specialist Geraniaceae , Morningsun Herb Farm, Mad Man Bamboo, Paul Matson and his Japanese maples, Golden Pond aquatic plants and The OG cacti and succulents.

Besides an amazing assortment of herbs, Morningsun is expected to bring some unusual perennials, too. March and April are prime perennial planting time.

Also on hand will be artist Carrie Simpson (yard art, bird feeders, reclaimed glass), Friends of San Juan de Oriente (pottery from Nicaragua), Tufarock Designs (natural accents) and Two Bowls Ceramics (handmade pottery for home and garden).

Proceeds from the event help fund the club’s grants program, speakers and community gardening projects.

This event isn’t just a sale; it’s also a chance to learn and get garden advice. Members of the Perennial Plant Club will be out in force to answer questions and offer suggestions.

At noon, featured speaker will be Sacramento Digs Gardening’s Debbie Arrington, who will share “Garden Trends for 2019.”

Admission and parking are free. 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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