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Arboretum hosts annual clearance sale — with precautions

Members-only no-contact event features deep discounts on huge inventory

Green sedge
This Carex morrowii 'Everglow' is among the plants
available in the clearance sale. (Photo
courtesy UC Davis Arboretum)

Looking for great holiday garden gifts – or more plants? Then this sale is for you!

Now through Tuesday, Dec. 8, the UC Davis Arboretum is holding its annual pre-holiday clearance sale with 20 to 30% discounts on all plants, seeds and merchandise including garden hats and aprons.

The catch? This giant clearance sale is open to Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum members only.

But it’s easy to join, and membership comes with several perks (including discounts and next spring’s advance sale) as well as supporting the arboretum and its programs.

Due to pandemic restrictions, the sale has several safety precautions in place. All orders are online; no in-person browsing. After placing an order, it will be available for no-contact curbside pickup at the on-campus nursery Dec. 8-12.

This will be the final sale of 2020 for the popular Arboretum Teaching Nursery, an excellent source of water-wise flowering plants, unusual varieties for Mediterranean climates (such as ours) and California natives. Due to the cancellation of earlier sales this year, the nursery still has thousands of plants in stock. The inventory list is available here:

And it’s not too late to plant perennials, natives, shrubs and more. Our current weather pattern with above-average temperatures and dry, sunny conditions is expected to last through next week.

Sale details:

- Debbie Arrington


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 2

Plan to make the most of the mild weather in your garden.

* October is the best month to plant trees and shrubs.

* October also is the best time to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to planting holes or beds, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

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