Sacramento Digs Gardening logo
Sacramento Digs Gardening Article
Your resource for Sacramento-area gardening news, tips and events

Articles Recipe Index Keyword Index Calendar Twitter Facebook Instagram About Us Contact Us

NorCal Home & Landscape Expo returns to Cal Expo

Huge show features full schedule of garden seminars

Displays and ideas for sprucing up outdoor spaces will be part of the show this weekend.

Displays and ideas for sprucing up outdoor spaces will be part of the show this weekend. Photo courtesy NorCal Home & Landscape Expo

What’s on your home and garden to-do list? Likely you’ll find inspiration and the expert help and products to get things done at the 2023 Northern California Home & Landscape Expo.

Set for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 3-5, this show is huge – “California’s largest three-day show of its kind,” say the producers. It packs Cal Expo’s exhibit halls with vendors, displays and demonstrations.

California Pets Showcase fills an entire building with goods and services for our animal companions. The NARI Remodeling Showcase offers advice and ideas for makeovers big or small. Learn about home office innovations as well as see the latest in furnishings and design.

Free workshops and seminars will be offered each day. Among the highlights for gardeners:

* 1 p.m. Friday: UC master gardener Pam Bone will address “Myths and Facts of Landscape Tree Care: What research teaches us about the right and wrong ways to plant and care for trees.”

* 2 p.m. Friday: Suzanne Bontempo, owner of Plant Harmony and the IPM Advocate Program Coordinator for Our Water Our World, will discuss “Gardening for the Good Bugs,” with ideas on how to attract more beneficial insects to your garden.

* 3 p.m. Friday: Celebrated landscape designer and author Michael Glassman presents “Landscapes Without Limitations: Big Ideas for Small Spaces.”

* 11 a.m. Saturday: Bontempo is back with “Growing Healthy Gardens from the Ground Up,” focusing on soil health.

* 1 p.m. Saturday: Glassman shows how your outdoor space can become staycation-worthy in “Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Living and Vacation Environment in Your Own Backyard.”

* 2 p.m. Saturday: Annie Costa, owner of TuffGrass, discusses “Ways Your Landscape Can Thrive Under Water Restrictions.”

* 3 p.m. Saturday: Landscape expert Jay Martinez shows how to “Transform Your Landscape into a Beautiful, Low-Maintenance Yard.”

* 1 p.m. Sunday: Sacramento water-wise landscape expert and author Roberta Walker uses her decades of expertise in her presentation, “Learn How to Create a Beautiful, Low-Maintenance & Sustainable Landscape.”

* 3 p.m. Sunday: Thinking of ditching your turf? Associate designer Matthew Vasquez of Michael Glassman & Associates presents “Water Smart Lawn Alternatives.”

In addition, Sacramento County master gardeners will be on hand daily to answer questions and offer advice. It’s not too late to buy one of their excellent 2023 calendars and garden guides (just $10).

NorCal Home & Landscape Expo will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10; children under age 12 are admitted free. On Friday, seniors (age 62 and up) get in for half price. Parking: $10. (No pets, please.)

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



0 comments have been posted.

Newsletter Subscription

Sacramento Digs Gardening to your inbox.

Taste Summer! E-cookbook


Find our summer recipes here!

Local News

Ad for California Local

Taste Spring! E-cookbook


Find our spring recipes here!

Thanks to our sponsor!

Summer Strong ad for

Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

Taste Fall! E-cookbook

Muffins and pumpkin

Find our fall recipes here!

Taste Winter! E-cookbook

Lemon coconut pancakes

Find our winter recipes here!