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Grow local, shop local at Gardener's Market

Sacramento Perennial Plant Club hosts vendors and 'The Plant Lady'

Marlene Simon will be the speaker at noon Saturday during the Gardener's Market at the Shepard Garden & Art Center.

Marlene Simon will be the speaker at noon Saturday during the Gardener's Market at the Shepard Garden & Art Center. Photo courtesy The Plant Lady

Find unusual plants from specialty nurseries, whimsical garden art and spring motivation at the 18th annual Gardener’s Market, presented by the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club.

Packing the Shepard Garden & Art Center with vendors and inspirational displays, the market will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Admission and parking are free.

“This annual one-day gardening event showcases some of our favorite specialty nurseries and garden artisans from the greater Sacramento region,” says the perennial club. “The educational component of the event features our popular ‘What’s Blooming’ display and presentations from local horticultural experts.”

The noontime keynote speaker for the event will be Marlene Simon, “The Plant Lady.” As staff horticulturist at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, she grows more than 3,000 of the world’s most exotic species. She’s well known to viewers of “Good Day Sacramento” who love her down-to-earth, witty approach to Sacramento-area gardening.

About 20 vendors are expected including such popular sellers as Morningsun Herb Farm, Mad Man Bamboo, Geraniaceae, BirdFeedersRUs, All Things Wild, and Succulent Sirens. For a complete list, see

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

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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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