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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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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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