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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 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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