17TH ANNUAL MOTHER LODE DAFFODIL SHOW
Where: Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
With almost a half million daffodils in its outdoor gardens, Ironstone Vineyards hosts the region's largest daffodil show with hundreds of narcissus indoors like you've never seen before.
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS SPRING TO LIFE
Where: UC Davis arboretum; meet at the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center, Old Davis Road at Mrak Hall Drive
When: 2 p.m. today
Admission: Free; free parking in Visitor Lots 1 and 2 and in Mondavi Center parking structure
Details: (530) 752-4880 or http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu
See redbud, ceanothus and other spring bloomers in this free guided walking tour featuring the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants.
VEGETABLE GARDENING: THE BASICS AND BEYOND
Where: Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks
When: 9 a.m.-noon next Saturday
Details: (916) 875-6913 or http://ucanr.org/sacmg
UC master gardeners will be out in force to teach how to select water-efficient plants, prepare for spring planting, control the top three fruit tree pests and improve irrigation. Got questions? They'll also diagnose pests (bring an example in a sealed plastic bag) and help solve garden problems.
SPRING ART, PLANT, CRAFT SALE
Where: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday and March 25
More than 40 local garden clubs and vendors will gather for this huge sale of plants, supplies, books and garden- related items.
MURPHYS IRISH DAY
Where: Main Street, Murphys
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today; parade at 11 a.m.
Details: (209) 728-8471 or www.murphysirishday.org
This historic Mother Lode town celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a lot more than green beer. This all-day family fest salutes Murphys' Irish heritage with live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, pony rides and lots of food and beverages. Pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church. Free shuttle from Ironstone Vineyards.
SACRAMENTO QUILT, CRAFT AND SEWING FESTIVAL
Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-March 24
This huge show features everything for fabric artists and home sewers. Test new machinery and gadgets. Load up on supplies at discount prices.