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UC Davis Arboretum hosts first of three fall plant sales

Hundreds of attractive, easy-care and water-wise plants will be available.

The plant shoppers return in person to the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery. (This photo is from a pre-pandemic sale.)

The plant shoppers return in person to the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery. (This photo is from a pre-pandemic sale.) Kathy Morrison

Thinking about adding some water-wise stars to your garden? It’s time to do some shopping.

With hundreds of drought-tolerant possibilities, UC Davis Arboretum’s Teaching Nursery hosts the first of three fall plant sales on Saturday, Oct. 1. As usual, this opening sale is reserved for members of Friends of the Arboretum.

Not a member yet? No problem. New members can join at the gate (or online) and receive an immediate 10% discount.

Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Closed to the public since last spring, the one-acre nursery is stuffed with plants including many Arboretum All-Stars, proven flowering plants that can thrive in Sacramento’s hot summers with less water. Also available are a wide range of attractive Mediterranean perennials and California natives. Find easy-care shrubs, trees, ground covers, bulbs and more – all suited to our climate and low-water landscapes. Most selections also benefit pollinators.

Before heading to the nursery, check out the selection online in the Arboretum’s Plant Sale Photo Gallery.

The first public sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22. (Friends members still get a 10% discount.) A clearance sale – the Arboretum’s final plant sale of 2022 – is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5.

The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is located on campus on Garrod Drive near the small animal veterinary hospital.

For details, directions and the Plant Sale Photo Gallery:

– Debbie Arrington


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For week of Feb. 18:

It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

* Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris.

* Clean up tree debris knocked down by wind and rain.

* Where did the water flow in your garden? Make notes where revisions are necessary.

* Are any trees leaning? See disturbances in the ground or lawn around their base? Time to call an arborist before the tree topples.

* Dump excess water out of pots.

* Indoors, start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed.

* Lettuce and other greens also can be started indoors from seed.

* Got bare-root plants? Put their roots in a bucket of water until outdoor soil dries out. Or pot them up in 1- or 5-gallon containers. In April, transplant the plant, rootball and all, into the garden.

* Browse garden websites and catalogs. It’s not too late to order for spring and summer.

* Show your indoor plants some love. Dust leaves and mist to refresh.

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