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Plant sales jam calendar for spring

Save these dates for great finds at great prices

The Sacramento Perennial Plant Club's 2023 Plant Sale, above, offered an array of succulents, native plants, perennials, flowers, and many vegetables. This year's sale will be April 12-13.

The Sacramento Perennial Plant Club's 2023 Plant Sale, above, offered an array of succulents, native plants, perennials, flowers, and many vegetables. This year's sale will be April 12-13. Kathy Morrison

Trying to keep up with the calendar this time of year can be quite a chore, as gardening groups jockey for attention for their fundraising plant sales.

For gardeners planning ahead, the plant rush begins in just a few weeks. Gathered here is a save-the-date list of the ones we know about; they will all get more attention as the dates near.

Note: Most spring flower and plant shows also feature plant sales. For purpose of clarity, events that are only sales are listed today.

Saturday, March 9:

-- The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society opens its online sales, which will run through March 10. Plant pickup will be March 17 and 18 at Soil Born Farm, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. Information:

-- The UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery holds its first spring 2024 plant sale, for members only. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the nursery. Individual memberships start at $48 per year ($18 for students). Information:

-- 19th Annual Gardener's Market. Presented by the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club, this features a variety of vendors. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento.

Saturday, March 16 

-- 2024 Spring Sale, Shepard Garden & Art Center. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17. This is the all-organization sale of the groups based at Shepard.  In addition to plants, the sale includes crafts, flowers and jewelry, plus food and all kinds of miscellanea.

Saturday, April 6

-- Sac Valley CNPS holds an in-person sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova.

Sunday, April 7

-- The second UCD Arboretum Plant Sale will be a combination sale, with members admitted from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., then the doors open to everyone at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Friday, April 12

-- The Sacramento Perennial Plant Club's Spring Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1911 Bannon Creek Drive, Sacramento (South Natomas area). Also on Saturday, April 13, same time. Always a terrific selection of perennials, vegetables, succulents, herbs and native plants.

Saturday, April 13

-- Part 1 of the El Dorado Master Gardeners' Spring Plant Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. This sale features edibles: tomato plants, herbs and the like. Sherwood Demonstration Garden 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville.

Saturday, April 27

-- Part 2 of the El Dorado Master Gardeners' Plant Sale. This one features trees, shrubs, grasses, native plants and perennials. Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville.

-- The third Plant Sale of the spring at the UCD Arboretum will have the same schedule as the second. Members only admitted from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., then the doors open to everyone at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 11

-- The spring Clearance Sale at the UC Davis Arboretum will be open to all, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Always some amazing bargains at this sale.

Spring plant sales also are typically scheduled by the Roseville Better Gardens Club, the American River College Horticulture Department and the Yolo County mastere gardeners. We'll publish those dates as soon as we know them.


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* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

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