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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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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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