Show and sale features Sacramento Valley's best outdoor orchids
Cymbidiums thrive in Sacramento’s Mediterranean climate.
Photo courtesy Sacramento Valley Cymbidium Society
These orchids love Sacramento – and we love them right back.
Cymbidiums, those hardy outdoor orchids with spectacular blooms, are back in season. See the best of the best at the annual Sacramento Valley Cymbidium Society show and sale on Saturday, March 25, at Shepard Center in McKinley Park. Admission and parking are free.
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this flower-filled event will feature displays of plants grown by club members, competing for best blooms.
Take some orchids home, too. The sale includes cymbidiums in all sizes from miniature to large standard, in a wide range of colors and varieties.
With a tropical look and long-lasting blooms, cymbidiums thrive in Sacramento’s Mediterranean climate and can live for many years outdoors, even in winter (with some protection). Get advice from these local experts on how to get these orchids to rebloom year after year.
As an added bonus, learn how to repot cymbidiums. Club members will demonstrate during the event.
Shepard Garden and Arts Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.
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