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No lines online; shop for low-water favorites

UC Davis Arboretum hosts its first public plant sale of 2021

Yellow flowered California native
This flannel bush, a California native, grows in the UC Davis Arboretum, but gardeners looking for very-low-water plants may want to snap up one of their own during the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery sale starting Thursday.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Here’s the plant sale you’ve been waiting for: UC Davis Arboretum’s first public spring sale of 2021.

No memberships necessary; you don’t even have to wait in line for checkout.

As with its other recent members-only sales, this event will be held online, starting 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8. The sales window closes at 1 p.m. Monday, April 12.

Customers may place their orders and complete their transactions all via the arboretum’s online store. As part of checkout, customers make a reservation for contactless curbside pickup the following week, April 15-20 (excluding Sunday, April 18). Pick-up is at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus.

Implemented last fall to keep customers and sales crew safe during the pandemic, the new process is actually easier than attending an in-person sale. Past sales regularly attracted hundreds of shoppers who swarmed the one-acre Arboretum Teaching Nursery. Lines to get in and check out were often lengthy.

This way, customers can shop at their convenience and have more time to study their potential plant purchases.

For this sale, the inventory list has been updated and features 40 pages of selections including most of the Arboretum All-Stars and many flowering low-water plants that can’t be found anywhere else in the Sacramento area.

And it’s not too late to plant these un-thirsty perennials, shrubs, ground covers and more.

Members of Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum get a 10% discount. New members can join online, too.

Details and links to inventory list:


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This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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