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

What's happening in fall? Our garden calendar has the details

Food grown in your yard, like these peppers, can be ornamental, too.
Check out the Edible Gardens Tour in East Sacramento on Sept. 8.
Sacramento-area sales, shows and tours are just ahead

Have you checked our
calendar lately? After Labor Day, Sacramento-area gardeners and gardening groups kick into high gear again, taking advantage of the cooler weather in our "second spring."

In September, for example, there's a big plant sale each weekend after Labor Day, starting Sept. 8-9 with the Sacramento Begonia Society's event at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in Sacramento's McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. More than 1,000 plants will be offered for sale, unique species not found in nurseries.

The next weekend, the African Violet + Gesneriad Show and Plant Sale fills the Shepard Center. The show runs 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

Love California native plants? You won't want to miss the plant sale and art market Sept. 22-23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, presented by the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Artists who are inspired by California natives also will be on hand to sell their creations. This sale is also at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center.

The UC Davis Arboretum and Teaching Nursery
has many plantings, like this hummingbird sage, to inspire
and inform visitors to its plant sales.
(Photos: Kathy Morrison)
And the month closes out with a big one on Saturday, Sept. 29: the first sale of fall for the UC Davis Arboretum and Teaching Nursery on the UC Davis campus. Members of the arboretum get first crack at the huge variety of plants, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., then the sale opens to the public for two more hours.

Need some planting inspiration?  The Edible Gardens Tour is coming up Sept. 8 in East Sacramento. UCCE master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions at each of the stops on the tour. Buy tickets early and save $5. (Admission is $25 day of event.)

Many other events are coming up, including the first fall meetings of most of the garden and plant clubs. Check out the calendar here . And if your group has an event soon, and you'd like Sacramento Digs Gardening to help spread the word, email us at Thanks!

Kathy Morrison


0 comments have been posted.

Taste Spring! E-cookbook


Find our spring recipes here!

Newsletter Subscription

Sacramento Digs Gardening to your inbox.

Thanks to our sponsor!

Be Water Smart

Local News

Ad for California Local

Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

Contact Us

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