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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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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* 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 – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

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

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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