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.
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.
– Debbie Arrington
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Dig In: Garden Checklist
For week of March 19:
Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.
* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.
* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.
* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.
* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.
* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.
* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.
* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.
* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.
* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.
* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.
* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.
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