Articles by Debbie Arrington

Drought worries

February has been bone dry, but it’s too early to turn on the sprinklers How about this weather? Unusually warm and dry temperatures may make…


Bay area transplant

The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is moving to Sacramento What does Sacramento have that the Bay Area doesn’t? The San Francisco Flower and…


Our bounty of citrus

Sacramento’s oranges are nearing peak ripeness They line the streets leading to the state Capitol. Neighborhoods are named in their honor. In February, they seem…


Friends in charge

East Sac nonprofit poised to run city’s Shepard Garden and Arts Center Sacramento’s official clubhouse may be getting a change of management. The city-owned Shepard…


The Big Show

Northern California Home & Landscape Expo has something for everyone A lot has changed in the quarter century since the Northern California Home & Landscape…


Old is new again

New seeds and plants for 2020 are twists on past favorites We want bigger tomatoes, smaller pumpkins and old-fashioned flowers in modern hues. But a…


He dreams of roses

World-famous expert returns to Sacramento In the rose world, Stephen Scanniello is a rock star. Curator of the New York Botanical Garden’s Peggy Rockefeller Rose…


A rosy tradition

In three hours, volunteers prune entire McKinley Park rose garden Rain can’t keep rose lovers out of this garden. The first Saturday of each year,…


Seed money

Perennial plant club grows gardening with grants Think of this as seed money for the future of Sacramento gardening. Each January, the Sacramento Perennial Plant…


Poinsettia passion

The star-like flower is a holiday favorite, especially in red Seeing red? It’s that time of year—poinsettia season. Christmas in California wouldn’t be the same…