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UC Davis Arboretum hosts clearance plant sale

Find great deals on water-wise shrubs, perennials and trees including Arboretum All-Stars

Fans of salvias can find many varieties of the perennial shrub at the UC Davis Teaching Nursery clearance sale this weekend. The ones shown here grow just outside the nursery.

Fans of salvias can find many varieties of the perennial shrub at the UC Davis Teaching Nursery clearance sale this weekend. The ones shown here grow just outside the nursery.

Kathy Morrison

Early November offers prime planting conditions, particularly for water-wise shrubs, perennials and trees. California natives also appreciate a head start with fall planting. The relatively warm weather and soil prompts deep roots and a chance to become established before the challenges of hot weather next summer.

Where to find great deals and a huge selection of the right plants to put in the ground now? The UC Davis Arboretum’s Teaching Nursery, of course.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the nursery hosts its annual fall clearance sale. Open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., this sale is the last chance to tap into the nursery’s vast inventory this year. Admission is free.

“It’s the last sale of the season and, while many plants will be sold out, there will still be a great selection of attractive, low-water plants perfect for our region, all at clearance sale prices,” says the nursery’s staff. “Everything will be marked down 20 percent. … There will also be a deep discount bench for extra savings!”

Members of Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum save an additional 10% off their purchases. Not a Friend? Join at the gate and get a gift, too.

“Most of these plants we offer at these sales are grown on site, including the Arboretum All-Stars – our top recommended plants for Central Valley gardens,” say the sale organizers. “Our nursery staff, in addition to dozens of students and volunteers, propagate and grow the majority of plants we sell.

“By shopping these sales, you support the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s environmental leadership programs, the growth of our gardens and collections and the wide variety of free, educational events we offer the public.”

Thousands of plants are still available. Browse the assortment online before you go:

Need ideas? The nursery features several large demonstration beds spotlighting the Arboretum All-Stars and other staff favorites.

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

For details and directions:


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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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