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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 Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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