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More than 22,000 plants at UC Davis fall sale

Saturday events also include a native plant sale in Roseville

Expect to see many, many plants for sale at the UC Davis Arboretum Fall Plant Sale this Saturday.

Expect to see many, many plants for sale at the UC Davis Arboretum Fall Plant Sale this Saturday.

Kathy Morrison

October is for planting – and plant sales. On Saturday, Oct. 21, enjoy one of the biggest sales of water-wise plants in our area – the UC Davis Arboretum’s Fall Plant Sale. And on the other side of the Sacramento region, there's a big sale of native plants in Roseville at the Maidu Activity Center.

The Arboretum sale is the second of three this season, and the Teaching Nursery still has plenty of stock on hand – more than 22,000 plants. The assortment includes many perennials and shrubs that thrive in our climate. Find links to the inventory with photos here:

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

These aren’t just plants, adds the staff. “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. Discover the joys of gardening with plants that help heal our environment while nurturing our community!”

Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The first two hours are reserved for Friends of the Arboretum members. Not a member? Join at the gate and get a free gift and discounts to go along with your early admission. After 11 a.m., the sale is open to the public.

The Arboretum Teaching Nursery is located at 1046 Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus, near the small animal veterinary hospital.

Only one more arboretum sale is planned this year. The nursery will hold its annual clearance sale from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Nov 4. Details:

Want to get more involved? The Arboretum Teaching Nursery needs more volunteers for both remaining fall sales. Get details here:

Meanwhile, in Roseville, the Native Plant Sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sale is presented by the Maidu Museum and Historic Site, but plant inventory will be available from the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and the Miridae Mobile Plant Nursery. Admission is free.

A free tour of the Museum's native plant garden will be offered at noon.

The Maidu Activity Center is located at 1960 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville, and the Museum is next door at 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive. 

For both sales, bringing a wagon, cart or box for purchases is recommended.

-- With contributions of Kathy Morrison


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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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