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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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Garden Checklist for week of April 14

It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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