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Sacramento Rose Society hosts 75th annual show

See hundreds in bloom and learn more about roses

Roses will be on exhibit and for sale, as they were in 2019, above, at the Shepard Garden and Art Center.

Roses will be on exhibit and for sale, as they were in 2019, above, at the Shepard Garden and Art Center.

Debbie Arrington

It’s time to smell the roses – and celebrate some spring bling.

On Saturday, April 29, the Sacramento Rose Society will host its 75th annual Sacramento Rose Show at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park. Appropriately, the show’s theme: “Diamond Jubilee.”

Although our spring weather has been unusually cool (and challenging for rose growers), recent warm days should assure plenty of entries. See hundreds of blooms at their peak of beauty, Perhaps, discover a new favorite rose variety.

In addition to exhibition roses, rose arrangements will be competing for top honors in the artistic division. Designs will be rosy interpretations of that “Diamond Jubilee” theme, thanks to the Sacramento Floral Design Guild.

This is Secret, which has a great fragrance too.

Society members will be on hand to answer questions about roses and rose horticulture. Take some flowers home, too; cut roses will be available for a suggested donation ($1 per stem, $10 for a dozen including a vase, while supply lasts).

Show hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

Want to enter a rose? Entries are open to the public, but arrive early. Deadline is 10 a.m.



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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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