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Fall plant sales galore this weekend

From Woodland to Placerville, plenty of possibilities -- and a propagation workshop

Pretty catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) is among the plants to be sold during the UCCE Yolo County master gardeners' plant sale this Saturday and Oct. 14.

Pretty catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) is among the plants to be sold during the UCCE Yolo County master gardeners' plant sale this Saturday and Oct. 14. Kathy Morrison

It's plant sale season, and the next few days expect to be especially good, with offerings ranging from California natives to bulbs to hardy perennials. Here's a quick rundown of the events:

-- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the McClaskey Adult Center, 5239 J St., Sacramento. Both indoor and outdoor plants will be on sale. Cash and Venmo only.

As a bonus, former Sacramento Historic Rose Garden volunteers Kathryn MacKenzie and Anita Clevenger will conduct a rose propagation workshop there at noon. An "Ask the Master Gardener" table will be staffed all day, too. 

Note on the workshop: Clevenger notes that class attendees will be able to take home some prepared cuttings of various old roses, such as "Peggy Martin," "Barbara's Pasture Rose," "Florence Bowers Pink Climbing Tea," Etoile de Lyon, Cornelia and more. All cuttings will originate from former volunteers' gardens. The workshop is free, but donations are welcome to offset the cost of materials.

-- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The UCCE Yolo County master gardeners hold the first of their two fall plant sales at Woodland Community College, 2300 East Gibson Road, Woodland.  Drought-tolerant ornamental garden plants (bulbs, rhizomes, California native plants, perennials, and succulents) will be available.

Quart-size pots are $5 each and gallon pots are $6 each. Cash and checks are accepted (no credit cards). The second sale day will be Oct. 14, same place, time and type of plants. The link to the plant list is available on the information page here.

-- Until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, California native plants are on sale online from the El Dorado chapter of the California Native Plant Society.  Pickup day for the plants is Oct. 14, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville (parking lot of County Building C). Pickup time is assigned at checkout.

The plants for sale cover the range of California natives, from Dutchman's pipevine to flannel bush, manzanita to toyon. See the online sale page here. Prices range from $7 to $14. Many books on native plants also are for sale. 

-- 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 7, find out farms in South Oak Park resumes regular hours for the fall. Native plants will be for sale, and there will be free fruit and veggie seeds available. They also have a native plant seed swap box. 4712 Parker Ave, Sacramento.

-- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, the Shepard Garden and Art Center's Fall Sale will include not only plants, but also garden art, flowers and more, sold by the clubs who use the center.

As Debbie noted in her post Monday, the sale is as varied as the individual clubs, from African violets to perennials and ceramics to weaving. Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Details and directions:


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