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NorCal Home & Landscape Expo returns to Cal Expo

Huge three-day show features designer landscapes and free seminars

See examples of designer outdoor living spaces and landscapes during the Home & Landscape Expo this weekend.

See examples of designer outdoor living spaces and landscapes during the Home & Landscape Expo this weekend. Photo courtesy of NorCal Home & Landscape Expo

Are you ready to tackle some home and garden projects? Find inspiration and the expert help and products to get things done at the 2024 Northern California Home & Landscape Expo.
Set for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 2-4, this show is huge – “California’s largest three-day show of its kind,” say the producers. Almost 40,000 patrons attended last year’s event at Cal Expo with a similar crowd anticipated to turn out again this week.

And it’s no wonder: The Home & Landscape Expo packs the fairgrounds’ exhibit halls with vendors, displays and demonstrations.

NorCal Home & Landscape Expo will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10; children under age 12 are admitted free. On Friday, seniors (age 62 and up) get in for half price. Parking: $10. (No pets, please.) Discount coupons are also available online at the show’s website.

A must-see at this show is its Landscape Showcase, which will feature three designers: Roberta Walker Landscape Design, Premier Pools & Spas and JVM Landscape Construction.

“This year's Landscape Showcase will feature current design trends that can be highlighted or added to your own yard,” say the organizers. “Many homeowners are striving to create a vacation paradise in their own backyard complete with family fun built right in! Others prefer a tranquil space set apart to relax in nature and the soothing sounds of water.”

Free workshops and seminars will be offered each day. Among the highlights for gardeners:

* Noon Friday: Julie Barbour of Our World Our Water will discuss “Fruit Trees, from Bareroot Babies to Decades of Abundance.”

* 1 p.m. Friday: Celebrated landscape designer and author Michael Glassman presents “Landscapes Without Limitations: Big Ideas for Small Spaces.”

* 11 a.m. Saturday: UCCE master gardener Pam Bone will address “Myths and Facts of Landscape Tree Planting and Care: What research teaches us about the right and wrong ways to plant and care for trees.”

* 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Landscape designer Roberta Walker will show how “Your Landscape can be Your Living Space.”

* 2 p.m. Saturday: Barbour turns her attention to “Roots, Fruits and Flowers – You Can Have It All. This is all about basic plant and soil care, and how with water, fertilizer and loads of beneficial insects, you can have an amazing yard and garden.”

* 11 a.m. Sunday: Glassman also will present “New Trends in Landscaping for 2024: Beneficial, sustainable landscapes that encourage pollinators and low maintenance.”

* Noon Sunday: Barbour offers a third water-wise seminar, “How to Have a Healthy Lawn that Gets Nearby Flowers, Shrubs and Trees Thriving.”

In addition, Sacramento County master gardeners will be on hand daily to answer questions and offer advice. It’s not too late to buy one of their excellent 2024 calendars and garden guides.

Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.



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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

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