CAPITAL CITY AFRICAN VIOLET SHOW AND SALE
Where: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
When: 1-4 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
This colorful event features hundreds of African violets, including many rare and unusual varieties. Self-watering pots for sale, too.
Where: Exotic Plants, 1833 Howe Ave., Sacramento
When: Noon today
Admission: Free; reservations advised
Details: (916) 922-4769
Exotic Plants founder and expert Kifumi Keppler presents another popular workshop, focusing on orchids.
36th ANNUAL BONSAI SEKIYU KAI SHOW
Where: Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento
When: Noon-5 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
One of five local clubs, Bonsai Sekiyu Kai kicks off the bonsai season with its large exhibit of sculptured little trees and viewing stones. Demonstrations both days by sensei Johnny Uchida.
BENEFIT PLANT SALE
Where: 3072 24th St., Sacramento
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday
Details: (916) 617-7516
Perennials expert Robert Hamm presents a huge selection for area gardens, including many unusual and hard-to-find varieties such as native bleeding hearts, wood poppies for shade and newer hostas. Funds support Sunburst Projects' summer camp program for children affected by HIV/AIDS.
ELK GROVE GREENER GARDENS FESTIVAL
Where: Miwok Park, 9344 Village Tree Drive, Elk Grove
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday
This festival focuses on sustainable, water-wise landscaping with free workshops, demonstrations, children's activities, expert advice, a plant sale and more. Sign up online for a free garden tour of water-wise home landscapes the same day.
ANNUAL FABRIC SALE
Where: North Highlands Community Center, 6040 Watt Ave., Sacramento
When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today
Details: www.asgsacramento.org, (916) 485-7612
The Sacramento chapter of the American Sewing Guild hosts its annual sale of fabrics for quilts, crafts and garments. Find unusual prints for projects and all kinds of fabrics and notions at bargain prices.