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Sacramento County's Harvest Day returns Aug. 5

Plant talks, vendors, food and fun during annual gardening celebration

Last year's Harvest Day was busy in the Herb Garden and beyond. This year's event is Saturday, Aug. 5.

Last year's Harvest Day was busy in the Herb Garden and beyond. This year's event is Saturday, Aug. 5.

Kathy Morrison

Wow, time for Harvest Day already? Yes, the summer celebration dubbed "a gardener's dream day" returns Saturday, Aug. 5, to the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.

The Sacramento County master gardeners have been working for months to prepare the Horticulture Center and the planned programs for their showcase event, which will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors can expect to find a wealth of expert gardening advice, plus dozens of educational displays, a collection of garden specialty vendors and several food vendors.

Three 45-minute keynote gardening presentations are scheduled in the speakers' tent:

-- 8:30 a.m. Debbie Flower & "Farmer Fred" Hoffman, "Tips for Saving Time, Money & Water in the Garden"

-- 9:45 a.m. Angela Laws, "Habitat Gardening for Pollinators in a Changing World"

-- 11 a.m. Pam Bone, "Home Reforestation: Correct Planting and Establishment of Landscape Trees"

"Mini talks" also are scheduled throughout the FOHC, covering such gardening topics as drip irrigation, worm composting, grape growing, and gardening with native plants. 

The 2024 edition of the popular Gardening Guide & Calendar will make its sales debut during Harvest Day. The price this year will be $12.

The Fair Oaks Horticulture Center is located at 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., just south of the Fair Oaks Library at Madison Avenue. Admission and parking are free.

The Horticulture Center will have plenty of natural shade and pop-ups, but master gardeners recommend that each visitor bring a hat.

For more information on the Sacramento County master gardeners and Harvest Day, go to


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