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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: https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

– Debbie Arrington

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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