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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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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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