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Spring Plant & Craft Sale

The clubs at the Shepard Garden & Arts Center present an annual spring sale offering hundreds of plants for sale for indoor and outdoor gardens, including African violets and orchids. There will be crafts, glass art, pottery, jewelry, flower arrangements, food and music. 10 a.m. both days Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Free entrance, free parking. (916) 808-8800.

March 29

Grace Garden’s Annual Plant Sale

Vegetable and annual flowers will be for sale. Master gardeners will be available to answer questions. 9 a.m. Grace Garden, United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson, Davis. Free. (530) 666-8143.

March 29- March 30

Sacramento Orchid Society’s 67th Annual Orchid Show and Plant Sale

Hundreds of orchids on display and for sale, potting demonstrations, lectures on plant care and culture. 10 a.m. Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. $7. (916) 769-0685.

April 4

Organic Gardening Club of Sacramento County

Join the group for a tour of a California native garden with Bonnie Ross, master gardener. 10 a.m. Carmichael Park Administration Building, 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael. (916) 635-6724.

April 4-6

Springtime in The Country

Features over 40 local artists’ work with a stunning array of fabulous arts, crafts, antiques, vintage, furniture, jewelry, garden art, collectibles, more. 4 p.m. Lent Ranch Barn, 10551 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Free. (916) 295-5445.

April 5

Yolo County Master Gardeners Present: Plant Sale and Gardening Workshops

The plant sale will continue on Saturdays through May 10, a joint project of master gardeners and the Woodland College Agriculture Department. Thirty-five varieties of heirloom tomatoes, summer veggies, ornamental perennials and flowers for the spring garden. Workshops: Water-wise Gardening, 9 a.m.; Tomato Growing Tips, 9:40 a.m.; Water-wise Gardening Techniques, 10:20 a.m.; Straw Bale Gardening, 11 a.m. Master gardeners will staff an information table for home gardening questions. 9 a.m. Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland. Free. (530) 666-8143.

UC Davis Arboretum Public Spring Plant Sale: Yolo County Master Gardeners Provide Water-Wise Gardening Information

Short classes on drip irrigation, lawn removal and preparing site for installation of water-wise plants. 9 a.m. UC Davis Aboretum. UC Davis Teaching Nursery Davis. Free. (530) 666-8143.

April 5-6

Capital City African Violet Society’s Show & Sale

The Capital City African Violet Society hosts its 60th show and sale with more than 1,000 named African violets for sale. A judged African violet show; handmade ceramic self-watering flower pots for sale; free potting with a purchase of a ceramic pot and a plant. 1 p.m. Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Free entrance and parking. (916) 617-2406.



Surviving the Drought

Drought-tolerant plants will be the topic along with which edibles takes less water than commercially grown. 10 a.m. Fair Oaks Blvd Nursery, 4681 Fair Oaks Blvd., Arden-Arcade. Free. (916) 483-1830.

UCCE/Master Gardeners of El Dorado Public Class: Rainwater Harvesting and Graywater Re-use

Tap into free water sources readily available on your own property: rainwater and graywater. Learn various methods of collecting rain and creating a rain garden. MG Alice Cantelow explains how to safely and legally use graywater from the shower and bathroom sinks. Resources and real-life examples from the area discussed. 7 p.m. Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, Placerville. Free. (530) 621-5502.

Veggies in Raised Beds Workshop

Learn how to get spring veggie beds prepped and ready for the season. 9 a.m. Green Acres Nursery & Supply, 8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento; 205 Serpa Way, Folsom; 901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville. Free. (916) 381-1625.


Orchid Forum of Sacramento Monthly Meeting

Holger Pernier, originally from Germany but now residing in China and an internationally known orchid expert, will speak on Paphiopedliums and other Chinese orchids in their natural habitat. 7 p.m. Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. (916) 489-3317.

March 29

Introduction to Summer Dry Plants

Workshop focuses on plants that are drought-tolerant, and how to set up a successful summer dry garden. Learn about succulents of California and Australian natives and other Mediterranean-climate plants. 10:30 a.m. The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. $20 general, $12 for RBG Members. (925) 944-9352.

Propagation & Greenhouse Management

Learn how to make a balanced potting soil mix, sow for succession planting, germinate seeds, and ensure that seedlings thrive. 3 p.m. Soil Born Farm’s American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. Free. 916-252-6695.

UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado Public Class: Water-Efficient Gardening in the Urban Landscape

Master gardener and retired meteorologist Steve Savage explores how water moves in plants; the effects of soils, fertilizing and mulch; when to water; creating hydro-zones; measuring water loss; programming irrigation controllers; conserving water; rain harvesting; and how to design an irrigation plan. 9 a.m. Government Center Hearing Room, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville. Free. (530) 621-5502.



Capital Woodcarvers Association Meetings

Club meetings. Second and fourth Tuesday of every month. 7 p.m. Arden Park Recreational Center, 1000 La Sierra Drive, Sacramento. Free. All guests are welcome to come and learn. Annual membership $25. (916) 601-2392.

Gloves and Shovels Garden Club Trip to Daffodil Hill

Gloves and Shovels Garden Club will meet for an outing to Sutter Creek and Daffodil Hill, a 4-acre private property in Volcano that is planted with more than 300,000 bulbs. To register: (916) 781-3415. 8:45 a.m. Daffodil Hill, 18310 Rams Horn Grade Road, Volcano. Free.

Sacramento Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild

Sara Lamb will discuss the topic of “Spin to Weave.” 10 a.m. Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. $3 donation. (916) 508-8984.


Sacramento Valley Cymbidium Society Meeting

Dennis Olivas who will present a program on “Cool Tolerant Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums (Slipper Orchids).” 7 p.m. Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Free. (916) 743-9620.

April 1

Mother Lode Rose Society

“Growing Beautiful Roses Simply,” by speaker Beverly Hopper. 1:30 p.m. Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. (209) 304-5465.