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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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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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