• 27TH ANNUAL AFRICAN VIOLET SHOW AND PLANT SALE
Where: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
When: 1-4 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
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The Delta Gesneriad and African Violet Society hosts this beautiful show and sale featuring hundreds of plants. Find self-watering ceramic pots and violet supplies, too. For a donation, club members will re-pot your plants.
• FIFTH ANNUAL ARDEN PARK GARDEN TOUR
Where: Start at 3601 Buena Vista Drive, Sacramento
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today
Details: www.ardenparkgardenclub.com/, (916) 383-8988
Members of the Arden Park Garden Club open their gardens to the public during this popular tour. See how much you can do with a “city-size” landscape.
• 20TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA STATE HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Where: Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento
When: Noon-6 p.m. today, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $6; children and youths age 16 and younger admitted free.
Get into a more beautiful home and garden (and out of the heat) with this huge all-indoor show with an eye on drought. Water conservation experts Chris Lopez and Christopher Brown will show how to “grow” more water. Learn about dry climate gardening.
• ART IN THE POCKET
Where: 12 Mast Court at Gloria Drive (across from Kennedy High School), Sacramento
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday
For the first time, the Sacramento Open Studio Tour comes to the Pocket/Greenhaven neighborhoods. This site will feature several artists demonstrating their work. Scattered from Natomas to Curtis Park, more than 125 artists will open their own studios over two weekends. See website for directory.
• BUTTERFLY ECOLOGY TOUR
Where: Meet at the trellis at the California Native Plant GATEway Garden, east end of UC Davis Arboretum behind Davis Commons.
When: 11 a.m. Sunday
Details: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/, (530) 752-4880
Naturalist Steve Daubert leads this family-friendly tour that explores butterflies in the arboretum gardens. Map available online.
• 39TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO OLD CITY ASSOCIATION TOUR
Where: Start at 2020 J St., Sacramento
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday
Admission: $25 in advance; $30 on tour day
Details: www.SacOldCity.org, (916) 202-4815
Discover architectural treasures in midtown (including the oldest home in Sacramento) during this community event. In addition to the tour, a street fair includes experts on restoration plus contractors and artisans who specialize in rehabbing old homes.