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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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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

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