Find a wide range of garden-oriented wares plus unique gifts
The Sacramento Floral Design Guild’s booth always features many plants and arrangements.
Support your local garden clubs and maybe discover a new hobby.
Sacramento’s official garden clubhouse, Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park, hosts its big fall sale this weekend, Oct. 1 and 2, with a wide range of garden-related wares offered by the clubs that call Shepard home.
Find plants, books, tools, garden art, gift items and more at this huge sale featuring dozens of local clubs. In addition to the shopping, it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet club members and learn more about their groups' activities.
Do you have a plant puzzle or baffling pest? Get expert advice from these garden specialists on specific plant varieties from begonias to perennials.
In addition to the garden clubs, Shepard also hosts textile, ceramics, photography and crafts-oriented organizations. They’ll be at this weekend’s sale, too, with unique items to sell in addition to offering information about their clubs.
Sale hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Admission and parking are free.
– Debbie Arrington
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Dig In: Garden Checklist
For week of March 19:
Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.
* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.
* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.
* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.
* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.
* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.
* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.
* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.
* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.
* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.
* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.
* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.
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