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Sacramento Orchid Show and Sale moves to new location

Spectacular tropical showcase set for Wyndham Hotel this weekend

See beautiful orchids on display and maybe buy some, too, during the Orchid Show and Sale this weekend.

See beautiful orchids on display and maybe buy some, too, during the Orchid Show and Sale this weekend.

Another historic Sacramento floral society is celebrating its big spring show this weekend, but this year in a new location.

The Sacramento Orchid Society hosts its 74th annual Sacramento Orchid Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, at the Wyndham Hotel, 5321 Date Ave., Sacramento. A longtime fixture at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, this floral spectacular will instead fill the ballroom and meeting areas of the Wyndham, located just off Interstate 80 at Madison Avenue.

With the theme “Orchids Big and Small,” the show will spotlight orchids of all sizes in an array of species and stunning varieties. Orchid growers from throughout Northern California are expected to compete.

Likewise, the sale’s many vendors will offer orchids and tropical plants for every indoor gardener plus pots and supplies. Among the featured vendors will be Paph Paradise (specializing in slipper orchids), Gold Country Orchids (growers of more than 2,500 varieties), Flori-Culture Tropical, Barsch’s Tropicals, Ecuador’s Tropicals Plants from South America, the Sacramento Valley Cymbidium Society, D&D Flowers of Daly City, and Alejandro’s Florals of Richmond.

Club members and experts will conduct demonstrations and seminars devoted to orchid culture. See orchid-packed “gardens.” Door prizes will be offered both days.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 at the door; children under age 12 admitted free.

For the first time, this show is offering advance tickets online at a discount: $7 each. To buy advance tickets, go to:


Also on Saturday, April 29, is the 75th annual Sacramento Rose Show at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park. (Monday’s newsletter incorrectly listed its date as April 22.)


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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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