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Go native at this huge plant sale, art market

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This wildflower poster is the creation of Coyote Brush Studios, which will
be among the artists at the sale and show. (Courtesy Coyote Brush Studios)

Annual CNPS event features hundreds of California native plants that thrive in Sacramento area

Fall is the perfect time to transplant most California natives. Not coincidentally, find hundreds of
wonderful choices for the greater Sacramento area at the season’s largest native plant sale.

Help the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society celebrate this first fall
weekend with the chapter’s annual fall plant sale and art market, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, at Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.
Admission and parking are free.

Become a CNPS member at this event and get a free 1-gallon plant from Elderberry Farms
Native Plant Nursery.

Find a huge selection of native plants that have proved to flourish in Sacramento.
Experts will be on hand to offer advice. For a donation, get a 15-minute landscape consultation.

In addition to plants, take home some original artwork inspired by California flora and fauna.
The event’s art market features paintings, drawings, ceramics, paper goods, prints and more
by local artists. These include Tina Curiel and Lindsey Moore of native plant and wildlife-focused
Coyote Brush Studios, ceramic artist Julie Clements, painter Linnea Fronce,
landscape architect and watercolorist Cassandra Nguyen Musto and mixed-media artist Kevin Windt.
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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

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

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* 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. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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