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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 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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