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UC Davis Arboretum hosts huge public plant sale

Hundreds of water-wise selections available; see them in bloom

The succulent tables always are popular spots with shoppers at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery plant sales.

The succulent tables always are popular spots with shoppers at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery plant sales. Kathy Morrison

What kind of water-wise plants will thrive in your garden? It’s likely you’ll find them Saturday at the UC Davis Arboretum’s public plant sale.

On Saturday, April 29, the Arboretum Teaching Nursery at UC Davis hosts its biggest public sale of the spring. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., everyone is invited to browse and buy.

Members of Friends of the Arboretum will get a head start on new offerings. Friends members get early access at 8:30 a.m. Not a Friend? Not a problem. New Friends can join at the gate or in advance online with instant perks: a $10-value appreciation gift and 10% off all purchases.

The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is located on Garrod Drive near UCD’s small animal veterinary teaching hospital on the university campus.

Before the event, prospective shoppers can check out the plant list and photos on the arboretum’s website at The inventory list is now up to date – and very tempting.

This spring’s inventory features hundreds of water-wise perennials, shrubs, bulbs, ground covers and trees – all proven to love growing in the Central Valley. That includes California natives as well as plants from other Mediterranean climates.

Recent warmer weather has prompted many of these plants into bloom. See well-established specimens in the nursery’s demonstration gardens.

Featured in this sale are the ever-popular Arboretum All-Stars – tough, easy-care, low-water flowering plants with added benefits; most support pollinators and native wildlife.

If you can’t make Saturday, there’s only one more chance to shop the Arboretum Teaching Nursery this spring. A giant clearance sale is planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13.

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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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