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UC Davis Arboretum nursery hosts clearance sale

Find deep discounts on water-wise and native plants

The garden carts will be in demand again at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery's Clearance Sale this Saturday.

The garden carts will be in demand again at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery's Clearance Sale this Saturday.

Kathy Morrison

It’s one of my favorite words: “Sale!” Even better: “Clearance sale!” And for the trifecta: “Clearance plant sale!”

How can I resist? Or you, too!

Saturday, Nov. 5, the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery hosts its annual Fall Clearance Plant Sale. Open to the public, this huge sale features hundreds of varieties of water-wise and native plants – perfect for Sacramento-area gardens. During its last public sale of 2022, the one-acre nursery wants to send as many plants as possible to new homes – and make room for 2023’s inventory.

Now is the best time to transplant many of these perennials, shrubs, trees, succulents, vines, grasses and bulbs. The Arboretum Teaching Nursery specializes in climate-appropriate, water-wise plants that are proven to thrive in our area. Not only do they use less water, these easy-care plants are very attractive and support wildlife.

Customers will receive 20% off all plants. Members of the Friends of the Arboretum receive an extra 10% discount (30% total). Not a member? Join at the door and get a free gift.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. An inventory list will be available on the arboretum’s plant sales page.

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

For directions and details (including an updated nursery map):

-- Debbie Arrington


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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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