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Flowers in spotlight at Tri-County Home & Garden Show

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.

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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

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.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* 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.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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