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UC Davis Arboretum nursery hosts clearance plant sale

Find huge discounts on water-wise selections, perfect for our climate

Meet Grindelia stricta, otherwise known as Oregon gumweed. It's a tough California native and a great nectar plant for bees and butterflies. The Arboretum Nursery has 66 of these plants available at clearance prices.

Meet Grindelia stricta, otherwise known as Oregon gumweed. It's a tough California native and a great nectar plant for bees and butterflies. The Arboretum Nursery has 66 of these plants available at clearance prices. Kathy Morrison

Perhaps my favorite word? “Sale.” It’s even better preceded by two more words: “Clearance plant sale!” That always gets my attention.

And if you are looking for water-wise additions to your garden (or enough for a whole new landscape), this clearance plant sale is for you!

On Saturday, May 13, the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery is hosting its final plant sale of the season – and it’s a big one. The nursery still has thousands of beautiful plants that need new homes.

All plants are priced to sell: 20% off. Friends of the Arboretum get 30% off. Not a Friend? Join at the gate and get a free gift, too.

Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The nursery added thousands of plants including dozens of new varieties to its inventory for this sale, including many California native plants. The nursery specializes in water-wise flowering perennials, ground covers and shrubs. Also find an excellent selection of succulents. All plants are proven to thrive in Sacramento's climate.

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 and wagons, if possible, to take home their new plants.

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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