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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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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.

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