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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 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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