Sacramento Digs Gardening logo
Sacramento Digs Gardening Article
Your resource for Sacramento-area gardening news, tips and events

Articles Recipe Index Keyword Index Calendar Twitter Facebook Instagram About Us Contact Us

Sacramento Camellia Show moves to Elks Lodge

Top blooms are displayed at the 2018 Sacramento Camellia Show. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

This weekend, the world's largest and oldest camellia show debuts in Greenhaven venue

The world’s largest and oldest flower exhibition of its kind, the Sacramento Camellia Show, has a new home. Now it just needs blooms.

Due to renovations at Memorial Auditorium, the 95th annual Sacramento Camellia Show will be held for the first time at the Elks Lodge, 6446 Riverside Blvd., in Sacramento’s Greenhaven neighborhood.

Always held the first weekend in March, the show is open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Admission and parking are free.

“Parking has always been an issue (at Memorial Auditorium), but we’ll have no problem with parking this time,” said Julie Vierra, president of the Camellia Society of Sacramento. “(The Elks) are the most accommodating people. It will be a little different configuration; everything won’t be together in one room. It’s a little cozier, but we should be just fine.”

The challenge is making sure the public knows where to find them. This show annually attracts thousands of visitors, who come out in force to celebrate Sacramento’s official flower.

“The Elks host a big breakfast Sunday morning,” Vierra noted. “We’re hoping people walk right over after breakfast.”

Best of Show at the 2018 Sacramento Camellia Show went to Holy Pure,
grown by Don and Joan Lesmeister.
The move has been expensive, she added. Rent at the lodge is much higher than what the society was paying for space at Memorial, but this venue was the best option for Sacramento’s longest running flower show. And more important, the society found a way for the show to go on.

Sales of commemorative buttons, always a popular memento from this show, will help bring in donations. So will the sale of more than 200 mature camellia plants. During the show, they’ll be offered for $20 apiece. Vierra hopes the show also can attract some sponsors or other donations to help cover the increased costs.

In the Camellia City, this show is a community effort. Anyone can enter camellias, as long as they grew the flowers themselves. Experts will help novice exhibitors prepare their flowers for display and judging. Entries should be received between 7 and 10 a.m. Saturday. All entries must be in place for judging by 10:30 a.m.

In addition to thousands of blooms, the show features arrangements by the Sacramento Floral Design Guild.

“We’re thrilled to have the arrangers,” Vierra said. “We’re hoping to get a break in the rain and a big crowd, too.”


0 comments have been posted.

Newsletter Subscription

Sacramento Digs Gardening to your inbox.

Local News

Ad for California Local

Dig In: Garden Checklist

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.

Contact Us

Send us a gardening question, a post suggestion or information about an upcoming event.