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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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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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