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 Sept. 24:
This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?
* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.
* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.
* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.
* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.
* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.
* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.
* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.
* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.
* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.
* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.
* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.
* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.
* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.
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