Description of the Sacramento Fuchsia Garden Club Show and Sale held recently at the Shepard Garden & Arts Center in McKinley Park.
This past Saturday I made a beeline at 10:00 a.m. to the Shepard Garden & Arts Center. Some of the garden clubs that utilize the garden center for meetings, shows and sales have resumed their activities after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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While walking my dog a few days prior, I had noticed a sign announcing the one-day show and sale. Adding a new fuchsia or two to my back yard had been on my mind, and I knew exactly what variety I wanted.
I have had very good results with the Gardenmeister, a hybrid fuchsia that likes partial shade. The hummingbirds love them, and they provide a vivid splash of color to the garden.
Sacramento Fuchsia Garden Club Show and Sale
There were only a few people in the room when I entered and took a quick glance around. The show and sale was small in size, just a fraction of what it would have been in “normal” times. But then, these are still not normal times. While the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in California have plummeted, the pandemic is still with us.
On one side of the room a table had been set up with an attractive display. However, I headed to the table where fuchsias for sale were displayed. It was lucky I arrived when I did as the number of plants for sale ($4 or $5 if blooming) was limited. While chatting with the person manning the sale table, I chose two healthy-looking plants and after that joined the short line to pay for my purchases. In-and-out, mission accomplished.
Under other circumstances I would have lingered longer, looking over all the plants for sale, etc. Next time.
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