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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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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

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* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

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