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UC Davis Arboretum hosts spring clearance sale

Find bargain prices on 11,000 water-wise perennials, shrubs, trees, succulents, natives and more

An estimated 34 3-inch pots of Argentine rain lilies (Zephyranthes candida) will be on sale during the UC Davis Arboretum clearance Saturday, according to the inventory list. The plants  bring bright white flowers to semi-shady areas during summer.

An estimated 34 3-inch pots of Argentine rain lilies (Zephyranthes candida) will be on sale during the UC Davis Arboretum clearance Saturday, according to the inventory list. The plants bring bright white flowers to semi-shady areas during summer. Kathy Morrison

Here’s your last chance to get great bargains on water-wise plants – at least for this spring.

On Saturday, May 11, the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery is hosting its final plant sale of the season and it’s a big one – the annual Spring Clearance Sale. The nursery still has about 11,000 beautiful plants that need new homes.

Think you’ve seen all they have? Think again; almost 70 new plant varieties have been added since the nursery’s first sales in March and April.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., everything is on sale. This event is open to everyone the whole four hours; admission is free.

All plants are priced to sell: 20% off. Friends of the Arboretum get 30% off. Not a Friend? Join at the gate and get the discount plus a $10 coupon as a free gift.

The 1-acre nursery specializes in water-wise flowering perennials, ground covers and shrubs. Also find an excellent selection of succulents and scores of California natives.

To see the updated inventory and photos in advance, go to: https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/plant-sales.

The nursery asks shoppers to bring their own boxes, if possible, to take home their new plants. If you have your own wagon or cart, that’s helpful to bring, too.

The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is located on Garrod Drive opposite the Veterinary Medicine complex and small animal hospital on the UC Davis campus.

Besides hosting the plant sale, the nursery is also home to beautiful demonstration gardens showcasing the Arboretum All-Stars and other water-wise collections.

For directions and more: https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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