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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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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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