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Tri-County Home and Garden Show debuts in Roseville

New (and air-conditioned) Roebbelen Center to be packed with 300-plus vendors

Large plain building with Roebbelen in blue letters
The Roebbelen Center @the Grounds will host the
Tri-County Home and Garden Show Aug. 19-21.
(Photo courtesy @the Grounds)

Are you ready for a brand new home and garden show?

Tri-County Home and Garden Show makes its debut Friday through Sunday, Aug. 19-21, at the new Roebbelen Center @the Grounds (formerly the Placer County Fairgrounds) in Roseville.

Serving Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties, the Tri-County show will feature more than 300 vendors in air-conditioned comfort in the new 160,000-square-foot events center.

This show is the creation of promoters Julie J. Geistlinger and Otis Webb, who also own the long-running Fresno Home & Garden Show. In 2012, the Fresno show was the largest in the state. Many of their vendors signed up to take part in the new Tri-County event.

This weekend, free seminars will focus on gardening, kitchen renovation and solar upgrades. Topping the garden line-up are two talks by The Plant Lady, Marlene Simon: “Garden Myth or Rooted in Science?” (11 a.m. Saturday); and “Water-Wise Mediterranean Gardening” (12:30 p.m. Saturday). For a seminar schedule, click here: .

Several local garden clubs and organizations will be taking part including: the Sacramento chapters of the American Bonsai Association and the American Fuchsia Society; Sacramento Orchid Society; California Master Beekeeper Program; and the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Placer County.

Meet scores of licensed contractors and other home improvement pros. A Maker’s Market will feature hand-crafted goods. The Pet Expo will be packed with food, toys, treats and gifts for furry friends (please leave pets at home; no dogs allowed except service animals). The Place of Taste will offer lots of free food samples. Thirsty? The Cocktail Corner will have refreshing cold adult beverages.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday. Roebbelen Center is located at 700 Event Center Drive, Roseville.

Admission is $10 general; children age 12 and under admitted free with adult. Senior admission (age 60 and up) is $5. Several discount offers are also available on the event’s website:


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This week there’s plenty to keep gardeners busy. With no rain in the immediate forecast, remember to irrigate any new transplants.

* Weed, weed, weed! Get them before they flower and go to seed.

* 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 is really hungry. Feed 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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