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.
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.
-- 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.
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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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