Find a wide range of garden-oriented wares plus unique gifts
The Sacramento Floral Design Guild’s booth always features many plants and arrangements. Kathy Morrison
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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