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UC Davis Arboretum hosts first spring sale

The Arboretum Teaching Nursery hosts its first spring plant sale March 9. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
Find water-saving plants to create a ‘DIY Pollinator Paradise’

It’s spring sale season at the UC Davis Arboretum.

Saturday, March 9, the Arboretum Teaching Nursery hosts its first of four spring sales. This first “Membership Appreciation Sale” salutes Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum; they’ll get first crack at thousands of new plants from 9 to 11 a.m. Arboretum Friends also get a $10 “thank you” coupon for attending and 10 percent off their purchases. Not a member? Sign up at the door and get a $10 coupon, too, good for use at this sale.

Public sale hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. The one-acre teaching nursery is located on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus. Free parking is available in nearby lots on weekends.

This spring’s sale theme is “DIY Pollinator Paradise,” featuring low-water flowering plants that attract a wide variety of beneficial insects and other pollinators. The selection includes the popular Arboretum All-Stars and other plants proven to perform well in the Sacramento Valley. Find a plant list with descriptions, prices and locations in the nursery here: .

Mark your calendar: Future sales are set for April 6, April 27 and May 11.

Details: .

- Debbie Arrington


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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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