▪ LIVE ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES AUCTION
Where: Witherell’s, 1925 C St., Sacramento
When: Saturday, 8-10 a.m. preview; auction begins at 10 a.m.
Details: www.witherells.com or Witherell’s Facebook page
Brian Witherell, of “Antiques Road Show” fame, hosts this live auction of rare and fragile antiques and collectibles, mostly from the Greater Sacramento area. Among the highlights: A chair that belonged to George Washington, rare Civil War photos, a pair of silver Tiffany candelabras, Asian vases and Waterford crystal. There will be a wide range of items in all price ranges. Checks and cash only. Come early to sign in.
▪ WORKSHOP: IRRIGATION TUNE-UP
Where: Green Acres, 8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento; 205 Serpa Way, Folsom; and 901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville
When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Learn how to get the most out of your irrigation system including how to convert sprinklers to drip.
▪ DELIGHTS FROM DOWN UNDER
Where: Arboretum GATEway Garden behind Davis Commons Shopping Center (meet at Shovel Gateway Sculpture)
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Details: (530) 752-4880, arboretum.ucdavis.edu
Explore the arboretum’s Australian and New Zealand collections.
▪ DIG INTO SPRING IDEAS FAIR
Where: Green Acres, 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 21-22
Green Acres celebrates the grand opening of its fourth local nursery with a garden party, packed with ideas for your own landscape.
▪ MEET THE HANDBOOK EDITOR
Where: Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley
When: 7:30 p.m. March 20
Dennis Pittenger, co-author of the “California Master Gardener Handbook,” will talk about the just-updated gardening guide, focusing on the drought.
▪ WHAT’S BLOOMING IN THE CEMETERY
Where: Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento
When: 10 a.m. March 21
Get a guided tour of the cemetery’s world famous gardens just as they begin to bloom. See hundreds of old garden roses including breathtaking (and gigantic) Lady Banks roses, including one that climbs to the top of a 60-foot tree.
▪ 30th SAN FRANCISCO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW
Where: San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 18-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 22
Admission: $17.50 early bird via online; $22 at door; children ages 15 and younger admitted free; parking $12
Details: (415) 684-7278, sfgardenshow.com/
Northern California’s top gardening event always draw a crowd as well as top garden designers and new product vendors. Don’t miss the orchid market with thousands of exotic plants.