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Bonsai! Sacramento hosts forest of little trees

This bonsai is from the collection of local bonsai expert Ron Anderson, who will among the exhibitors and vendors at the convention. (Photo courtesy Ron Anderson)

Golden State convention includes huge show, vendor sale

The wide world of little trees comes to Sacramento this week as local bonsai clubs host a major event.

With the theme "Creativity Taking Flight," the convention features the work of modern bonsai master Yasuo Mitsuya and his students. Other headliners include Suthin Sukosolvisit and Bjorn Bjorholm.
While there are charges for workshops and other special events, the convention's huge show and marketplace will be open free to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

See scores of bonsai as well as get everything you need to make your own little tree in a pot. The conference center is located at 5411 Luce Ave. in McClellan Park.

Sacramento has long been a bonsai center with four clubs devoted to this gardening specialty. Founded in 1946, the Sacramento Bonsai Club is the nation's oldest active club dedicated to bonsai.


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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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