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UC Davis Arboretum holds second of season's five plant sales

Members can order online, get contactless curbside pick-up

Several small plants in black pots
Satisfy that desire to buy plants with excellent specimens from the UC Davis Arboretum Nursery sale.
Members only for this sale, but it's easy to join. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Celebrate spring with some well-timed plant shopping.

On the first official weekend of spring, UC Davis Arboretum’s Teaching Nursery is hosting its second plant sale for members only. With orders online only, the sale window is open now through 1 p.m. Monday, March 22.

Order plants before that deadline, then schedule no-contact curbside pick-up March 25 through March 30 (excluding Sunday).

This sale is open to members of the Friends of the Arboretum and the Davis Botanical Society. Not yet a Friend? No problem; join and receive instant benefits including a 10% discount.

This sale features thousands of low-water (mostly) flowering plants in 436 varieties, ideal for our climate. Many varieties are hard to find anywhere else.

Take a look at the inventory (it’s impressive):

Discover some new favorites, too. In this sale, 43 varieties are offered for the first time and 98 have not been offered before 2021.

Located on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus, the Arboretum Teaching Nursery also will host three spring sales for the general public; no membership necessary. Those sale windows are: April 8-12, April 29-May 3 and May 20-24.

For full details:

Postscript to Thursday's blog item: The "Landscape Redesign: An Environmentally Friendly Approach" video by the UCCE Sacramento County is now posted on YouTube and available for viewing .


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This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* 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.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

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

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

* 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. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* 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.

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

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