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Tea, anyone? Annual tradition of Camellia City Porcelain Artists returns

Fall tea at Shepard Center also features show and sale of hand-painted items

The Camellia City  Porcelain Artists host their annual show Saturday and Sunday. It's a busy weekend for Sacramento groups.

The Camellia City Porcelain Artists host their annual show Saturday and Sunday. It's a busy weekend for Sacramento groups.

Photo courtesy Camellia City Porcelain Artists

It’s a Sacramento fall tradition that comes with something extra: A beautiful tea service.

This weekend, the Camellia City Porcelain Artists will host its 31st annual show and fall tea at Shepard Garden and Arts Center. Admission and parking are free.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, patrons are invited to sip tea, enjoy snacks and browse the show, packed with beautifully hand-painted creations.

“Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while viewing the art of traditional and creative works of hand-painted porcelain pieces from local artists,” say the organizers. “Christmas Tree raffle to benefit the Sacramento Zoo, hand-painted china for purchase and much more!”

Interested in learning about ceramics and porcelain painting? This is the place.

“You want porcelain? We’ve got plenty,” says the club. “Our sales table helps support our club and keeps this wonderful art alive and well.”

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.



Bonus events!  So much great garden activity around the region this weekend that we wanted to include these:

-- Plant sale Saturday at the Luther Burbank High School's Burbank Urban Garden (aka BUG) to support the program. The high school's on-site 1-acre farm  will offer cool-season organic vegetables for sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Prices are $4 for 4-inch pots and $8 for 4-packs. Vegetables include lettuce, spinach, arugula, chard, peas, pak choy, collard greens, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, scallions, leeks and onions. Flowers include nasturtiums, alyssum and violas. All plants raised by the Urban Agriculture Academy students. BUG is located in the back portion of LBHS, which is at 3500 Florin Road, Sacramento.

-- Monarchs and Milkweeds workshop, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Loomis Library. Free; no registration is required.  Learn about monarch butterflies and their host plant, milkweed. Learn what a host plant is and how to invite monarchs into your yard. Free seeds and hints for growing your own monarch oasis are available. Loomis Library, 6050 Library Drive, Loomis. Parking is free. Presented by the Placer County master gardeners. For more information:

-- Ornamental grasses workshop, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville.
El Dorado County master gardener Sue McDavid will how to incorporate ornamental grasses into a landscape. Most grasses need very little care and, in fact, thrive on neglect, so they are perfect for even novice gardeners. As a bonus, enjoy the various Sherwood garden areas during the Open Garden Day.


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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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