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Sacramento Home and Garden Show returns to Cal Expo

Local horticulture in the spotlight at weekend event

Find horticultural inspiration in a talks by local experts, including River Park Garden Club president Pat Smith, who will speak about French gardens. The plants pictured are from the Jardin de l'Hôtel de Sens in Paris.

Find horticultural inspiration in a talks by local experts, including River Park Garden Club president Pat Smith, who will speak about French gardens. The plants pictured are from the Jardin de l'Hôtel de Sens in Paris. Kathy Morrison

Need some fall inspiration? Check out the Sacramento Home and Garden Show, which returns this week to Cal Expo.

Set for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9, this show is the granddaddy of Sacramento-area home shows, going strong for more than 40 years. It’s the region’s longest running show of its kind.

“Our priority this year is to begin building the show to be a resource for anyone interested in horticulture in the region,” says show manager Bridget Robins.

Included will be a demonstration garden by designer Kent Gordon England, a presentation by Hortus Californica and lectures by local garden experts. The Miridae Plant Truck, a mobile nursery, will be on site. Plus hundreds of vendors will offer the latest in home and garden products and services.

Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7; youth age 12 and younger are admitted free. Friday is Seniors Day with patrons age 65 and up admitted for $4.

Speakers include:

-- 1 p.m. Friday, Kevin Marini, coordinator of Placer and Nevada counties' master gardeners, on composting and improving soil

-- 4 p.m. Friday, Cielo Sichi, American River College Horticulture Department, "Horticulture at Home" 

-- 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Gabriel Gonzalez, Discover Landscape, "Going Green With Drought-Tolerant Landscaping"

-- 4 p.m. Saturday, Kent Gordon England, Terra Natura Design and Hortus Californica, "Why Build a Garden"

-- 11 a.m. Sunday, Pat Smith, president, River Park Garden Club, "French Gardens: Palatial to Petite"

Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.

Details: sachomeandgardenshow.com.

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* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

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* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

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