Green Acres' Elk Grove greenhouse is packed with indoor favorites.
What do you do when it’s too hot to garden outside? Garden inside!
Houseplants are having their spotlight moment with newbie indoor gardeners gravitating towards everything from anthuriums to ZZ Plants.
Check out this indoor jungle! Green Acres Nursery & Supply ’s Elk Grove store is hosting an “Extraordinary Houseplant Event” on Saturday, Aug. 13. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., find the houseplant advice you need – along with some beautiful exotic plants. Admission and parking are free.
“Mark your calendar, grab your friends, and join us for a fun event as we showcase your favorites and unique varieties that will interest plant lovers of all experience levels!” says Green Acres staff. “Take advantage of event-day specials. Shop our Home+Grown Collection and select something special for yourself and a friend. … Get answers to your questions from our team of houseplant gurus.”
Besides the advice and specials, get your hands dirty, too. The event includes a DIY succulent and petite houseplant pot-up station. Or check out the “Tillandsia Bar” and create your own Air Plant display.
And because this is August, there will be frozen refreshments. I SCREAM Yogurt will be serving frozen yogurt in the afternoon.
Green Acres is located at 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.
Details: www.idiggreenacres.com or call 916-714-5600.
A succulent pot-up station lets you create your own container planting.
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* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.
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* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.
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