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Shepard Center hosts annual spring sale

Find plants, handmade crafts and much more at this popular event

Plants, crafts, floral arrangements, outdoor art, ceramics and more will be available for purchase during the Shepard Center Spring Sale this weekend. This photo shows several booths from the 2022 Spring Sale.

Plants, crafts, floral arrangements, outdoor art, ceramics and more will be available for purchase during the Shepard Center Spring Sale this weekend. This photo shows several booths from the 2022 Spring Sale. Kathy Morrison

Are you feeling an early case of spring fever? Here’s a huge sale to help feed your creative and gardening desires.

Sacramento’s official garden clubhouse, Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park hosts its annual spring sale this weekend, March 11 and 12, with a wide range of garden-related wares offered by the clubs that call Shepard home. Admission and parking are free.

Organizers promise locally-created, sourced or grown “jewelry, plants, crafts, flowers, antiques, art, food and much more.” Also find books, tools, garden art, gift items and more at this event featuring dozens of local clubs.

In addition to the shopping, it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet club members and learn more about what their groups have to offer.

Do you have a plant puzzle or baffling pest? Get expert advice from these garden specialists on specific plant varieties from begonias to perennials.

In addition to the garden clubs, Shepard also hosts textile, ceramics, photography and crafts-oriented organizations. They’ll be at this weekend’s sale, too, with unique items to sell as well as information about their clubs.

Sale hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.

Details: www.sgaac.org.

– Debbie Arrington

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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.

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