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UC Davis Arboretum hosts last sale of season

Inventory clearance open only to Friends; new members can join at gate

Red and white flowered salvia
Salvia × jamensis 'Hot Lips' is an Arboretum All-Star popular with bees, hummingbirds -- and gardeners. Saturday's sale will have 50 of the plants available. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Calling all All-Star lovers: This is your last chance this spring to purchase these UC Davis Arboretum favorites direct from the arboretum’s Teaching Nursery.

On Saturday, April 30, the Arboretum Teaching Nursery hosts its final plant sale of the season, a clearance of its spring inventory. The catch? It’s open only to Friends of the Arboretum. Due to construction at the nursery, there are no public sales this spring.

The good news? Shoppers can join the Friends at the gate – and get a welcome gift, too.

All Friends get a 10% discount and one free plant coupon per season as a member appreciation gift. New members also get a free plant coupon.

Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The nursery added thousands of plants including dozens of new varieties to its inventory for this sale, including many native plants. The nursery specializes in water-wise flowering perennials, ground covers and shrubs. Also find an excellent selection of succulents.

To see the inventory in advance, go to: https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/plant-sales . There's also a new photo gallery of the available plants, viewable here .

The nursery asks shoppers to bring their own boxes, if possible, to take home their new plants.

The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is located on Garrod Drive opposite the Veterinary Medicine complex and small animal hospital on the UC Davis campus. Besides hosting the plant sale, the nursery is also home to beautiful demonstration gardens showcasing the Arboretum All-Stars and other water-wise collections.

For directions and more: https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu .

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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