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UC Davis Arboretum hosts big plant sale

Get water-wise favorites and California natives in time for fall planting

Staff, students and volunteers are ready to help customers find the right plants for their landscapes at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery.

Staff, students and volunteers are ready to help customers find the right plants for their landscapes at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery. Courtesy of UC Davis Arboretum and Public Gardens

Fall is the a perfect time to plant California natives and perennials. It’s also a wonderful time to shop for these plants.

With hundreds of drought-tolerant possibilities, UC Davis Arboretum’s Teaching Nursery hosts the first of three fall plant sales on Saturday, Sept. 30.

This first fall sale is a “split sale,” with the first two hours (9 to 11 a.m.) reserved for members of the Friends of the Arboretum. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the sale is open to the public. Admission is free.

Fall is the best time to plant!” says the nursery’s staff. Shop our one-acre nursery to find an incredible selection of attractive, low-water plants perfect for our region.”

You won’t only take home great additions to your home landscape, you’ll be helping the Arboretum and UC Davis students.

“By choosing to shop with us, not only will you bring home beautiful plants that help support a sustainable environment, your purchases play a vital role in supporting the growth and care of our gardens, student environmental leadership opportunities, and free public programs,” says the staff.

“Discover the joys of gardening with plants that help heal our environment while nurturing our community!”

Not a Friends of the Arboretum member yet? No problem. New members can join at the gate (or online) and receive an immediate 10% discount.

Closed to the public since last spring, the large nursery is stuffed with plants including many Arboretum All-Stars, proven flowering plants that can thrive in Sacramento’s hot summers with less water.

Also available are a wide range of attractive Mediterranean perennials and California natives. Find easy-care shrubs, trees, ground covers, bulbs and more – all suited to our climate and low-water landscapes. Most selections also benefit pollinators.

Before heading to the nursery, check out the selection online in the Arboretum’s Plant Sale Photo Gallery.

A second split sale is planned for Saturday, Oct 21. The annual fall clearance sale – the Arboretum’s final plant sale of 2023 – is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4.

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

For details, directions and the Plant Sale Photo Gallery:


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* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

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* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

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