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Threat of thunderstorms delays huge sale a day

Perennial Plant Club shifts second day of event to Sunday; other Saturday events still planned

The historic Azevedo-Moll House won't look this pleasant Saturday -- a thunderstorm is in the forecast -- so the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club has delayed the second day of its big plant sale until Sunday.

The historic Azevedo-Moll House won't look this pleasant Saturday -- a thunderstorm is in the forecast -- so the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club has delayed the second day of its big plant sale until Sunday. Kathy Morrison

April weather is throwing garden-event organizers a wet curve Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, the Sacramento area can expect an unstable storm system with possible heavy rain in cloudbursts, lightning and even hail. Temperatures will be more than 25 degrees lower than they were just a day ago.

With that in mind, the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club has rescheduled the second day of its current spring sale.

Originally set for April 13, the sale’s second day will now be Sunday, April 14. Hours and location are the same: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Azevedo-Moll House, 1911 Bannon Creek Drive, South Natomas, Sacramento. Admission is free and open to the public.

It’s a rain delay – not a cancellation. “Due to the predicted rain, we are not doing the sale on Saturday – but we will hold it on Sunday instead,” said Lili Ann Metzer, one of the sale’s organizers.

Find California natives, succulents, perennials, vegetables (including lots of tomatoes), herbs and many other plants – all grown by local club members. “Our amazing, hard-working propagators are supplying sun-to-shade loving perennials, natives, veggies, spring-blooming bulbs and more!” say the organizers.

Also during the sale "Stan the Tool Man" will offer kitchen and garden tool sharpening, plus container drilling (holes for pots for those new plants, for example). Glass and yard art will be for sale, and food vendors will offer cinnamon rolls and pierogies. Accompanying all this activity will be Native American flute music.


The Elk Grove Community Garden still plans to hold its annual spring sale, its major fundraiser, whatever the weather, the group said. Set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, the event is scheduled to be held at the garden, 10025 Hampton Oak Drive, Elk Grove. Pop-ups will be set up to protect plants and shoppers. 

One adjustment: The sale organizers are taking pre-orders for curbside pickup. See details for this shopping method here

An inventory of available plants also can be viewed at that link.

Cash, checks or Venmo are accepted. In addition to selling plants, volunteers will collect canned food donations for the Elk Grove Food Bank. Call (916) 818-9108 to donate toward the garden’s $20,000 fundraising goal.


Also braving the weather Saturday will be the El Dorado County master gardeners, who are holding the first of two spring sales Saturday. This sale features edibles -- vegetables of all kinds, herbs and fruit such as strawberries. (Ornamentals will be available April 27.)

"Rain or shine," they say, they'll be selling from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville. Cash or check are preferred for payment, but Visa and Mastercard are accepted for purchases over $25. From a video posted today (Friday), it looks like all the plants are gathered under a large covered patio.

For more information and a plant inventory, go to

As for other local garden events, those undercover are proceeding as scheduled. That includes Placer County master gardeners' Garden Faire at Maidu Community Center in Roseville, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and the 64th annual Bonsai Show and Sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday, hosted by the American Bonsai Association, Sacramento.


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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* 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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* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

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

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

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* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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