Florists compete in design competition; clubs and master gardeners offer expert advice
The show's Garden Market will be well stocked with offerings from specialty nurseries including The Savvy Spade, Barsch Tropicals and So Cute Succulents. Part of last year's Garden Market is shown above.
Photo courtesy Tri-County Home & Garden Show
Flower power takes the spotlight at the Tri-County Home & Garden Show, which opens Friday at the Roebbelen Center in Roseville.
Nine local professional florists will create lavish floral displays as part of the show’s “The Art of Floral Design” competition. The winner gets $1,000 out of a $1,750 prize pool.
The entries will be judged from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 18. The show opens to the public at noon Friday; that’s also when the winner will be revealed. The floral designs will remain on display throughout the show’s three-day run, Aug. 18-20.
The floral designers will be challenged to interpret the theme of “Home & Garden” in fresh flowers. It could be everyday objects made out of blooms or something more abstract. The only limit to each designer’s imagination is space; the display has to fit on a 5-foot diameter table or – if a floor display – within a circle of that same size.
In addition to the floral competition, the Tri-County show features other attractions for local gardeners and flower lovers.
Aimed at Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties, the event will host several garden-related clubs including: four bonsai clubs (American Bonsai Association of Sacramento, Nevada County Bonsai Club, Sierra Bonsai Club and Sacramento Bonsai Club); Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association; American Fuchsia Society; Delta Gesneriad and African Violet Society; Sacramento Orchid Society; Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society; UCCE Placer County Master Gardeners; and Sacramento Floral Design Guild.
Each organization will offer expert advice and tips specific to local gardens and growing conditions.
The show’s Garden Market will be well stocked with offerings from specialty nurseries including The Savvy Spade, Barsch Tropicals and So Cute Succulents.
Garden seminars will be offered all three days. For a full schedule of seminars: https://tri-countyhomegardenshow.com/home-garden-seminars.
Tiny houses, landscape makeovers and much more will be on display. Scores of vendors will fill the air-conditioned hall.
The Roebbelen Center is located at 700 Event Center Drive, Roseville. Show hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are $10 general, $5 seniors (60 and up); children age 12 and younger admitted free. Discounts are available for purchasing tickets in advance online. At the gate, cash-only admission ($10) will be available. Parking is $10.
Details and tickets: https://tri-countyhomegardenshow.com/.
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Make the most of this cooler weather. Get to work on your fall garden:
* October is the best month to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Plants become established – sending down deep, strong roots – faster in warm soil.
* Divide and replant perennials. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to the planting hole, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.
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* Plant garlic and onions.
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* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.
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