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Green Acres hosts 'Extraordinary Houseplant Event'

Citrus Heights location offers three workshops, curated collection and expert advice

Air plants are among the most popular of houseplants these days. They don't require soil, absorbing nutrients and water from the air. See the Green Acres selection during Saturday's "Extraordinary Houseplant Event."

Air plants are among the most popular of houseplants these days. They don't require soil, absorbing nutrients and water from the air. See the Green Acres selection during Saturday's "Extraordinary Houseplant Event." Courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply

When it’s too wet to garden outdoors, it’s an ideal time to turn attention to our indoor garden. Here’s a great event to inspire any houseplant lover – whether you have only one or two ferns and pothos or a whole tropical jungle.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, Green Acres Nursery & Supply is hosting an “Extraordinary Houseplant Event” at its Citrus Heights store with rare varieties, hot buys and three workshops. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., get expert advice on how to keep your houseplants happy – and shop for more. Admission and parking are free; workshops include nominal fees for materials and instruction.

“Shop a curated collection of unique houseplants and succulents perfect for the houseplant enthusiast, collector, or novice,” say the organizers. “Mark your calendar, grab your friends, and join us for a fun event as we showcase favorites and unique varieties to interest plant lovers of all experience levels.”

For this event, Green Acres brought in hundreds of unusual houseplants and succulents, including many usual varieties.

“Discover rare houseplants that you don't find every day,” say the organizers. “Be inspired by houseplant groupings to build your indoor jungle. Enter our hourly raffle, for rare and exclusive houseplants, along with other great prizes. Shop our home+grown collection and select something special for yourself or someone you love.”

The workshops will be offered throughout the event with no advance registration necessary.

-- Create Your Own Kokedama ($15): Discover the art of kokedama-making, a traditional Japanese technique that transforms plants into living art. Wrap the plant's rootball in moss and bonsai soil, securing it with twine.

-- 'Monstera Leaf' Copper Plant Support ($5): Create your own decorative wire plant support. Green Acres garden gurus guide you in shaping the wire into a monstera leaf. You'll leave with a stylish, sturdy, and rust-resistant plant support that will help keep your plant babies upright.

-- Propagation Station ($35): Learn all about propagation from Green Acres experts. Take home your own propagation station, complete with four handpicked houseplant cuttings treated with rooting powder, and get simple care instructions.

Green Acres is located at 6128 San Juan Ave., Citrus Heights.

Details and directions: https://idiggreenacres.com.

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