“Go native” at specialized plant sales

The fall planting season is here!

September, October, and November are ideal months to add new water-thrifty plants to home landscapes. Plants native to central California and to parts of the world with a Mediterranean climate are ideally suited to the hot, arid summers and cool, wet winters we experience in San Joaquin County.

Some species of California native plants can be difficult to find. Although many commercial nurseries now carry a small selection of natives, very few have a wide selection, so locating your favorites can be a challenge.

The upcoming events listed below are unparalleled if you hope to explore and purchase a wide variety of native and Valley-appropriate plants. Combine a plant sale visit with an exploration of nearby amenities, and turn your outing into a pleasant weekend excursion.

A portion of the “Valley Wise Visions” mosaic at the UC Davis Arboretum (© Kathy Ikeda)













California Native Plant Society (Sacramento Valley Chapter)

Fall Plant Sale and Art Show

Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Shepard Garden & Arts Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento

Hundreds of native plant species—supplied by well-known Sacramento-area growers such as Elderberry Farms, Cornflower Farms, and Hedgerow Farms—will be available at this well-organized sale. CNPS volunteers are on hand to answer your questions, and many books on native plant gardening are available. Funds raised at this event benefit the ongoing activities of Sac Valley CNPS and its Elderberry Farms native plant nursery, so your purchases help support a wonderful cause.

New to the event this year is an “On the Wild Side of Art” sale. As the name loosely implies, the focus is on plants and animals indigenous to California. This inaugural sale features beautiful and innovative creations by Sacramento area artists in a variety of media (paintings, prints, photographs, fabric art, and ceramics).

For more information, see the event flyer at https://www.sacvalleycnps.org/images/Fall_Plant_Sale_New_ART_SHOW_2017.jpg


California Native Plant Society (North San Joaquin Valley Chapter)

2017 Fall Plant Sale

Saturday, October 21

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hughson Arboretum and Gardens, 7601 E. Whitmore Ave, Hughson

About 50 different kinds of native plants will be available at this sale; proceeds are earmarked for CNPS education and school garden projects. The sale is conveniently located at the Hughson Arboretum at the corner of E. Whitmore and Euclid Avenues, providing an attractive and welcoming setting for a native plant shopping trip.

About 50 different kinds of native plants will be available at this sale; proceeds are earmarked for CNPS education and school garden projects. The sale is conveniently located at the Hughson Arboretum at the corner of E. Whitmore and Euclid Avenues, providing an attractive and welcoming setting for a native plant shopping trip.

The North San Joaquin Valley chapter of CNPS maintains a small native plant garden at the Great Valley Museum, located on the Modesto Junior College campus (2201 Blue Gum Ave in Modesto, just west of Highway 99). If you visit their plant sale, consider making a side trip to this garden for inspiration, and to the adjacent museum and planetarium as well.

For an event flyer and plant list, contact cnps.nsj@gmail.com.


Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sales

UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery, 920 Garrod Drive, Davis

Saturday, October 7

Members only sale — 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.; Public sale — 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 21

Public sale — 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 4

Public clearance sale — 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

These sales are ideal for anyone looking for regionally appropriate plants to incorporate into a landscape, or for those converting a lawn to a water-thrifty garden. California native plants, Arboretum All-Stars, and other low-water-use plants are featured at these very popular events.

Arrive early for the best selection, or become an Arboretum member (in advance or on sale days) to take advantage of members-only hours. Members receive a 10% discount on purchases, and new members get an additional $10 off the first purchase. The sales area is efficiently organized with small garden carts available for use onsite; volunteers can help shuttle purchases to your vehicle, or bring your own small wagon or large tote.

Be sure to allow time to visit the many beautiful gardens at UC Davis:

  • The Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, adjacent and west of the nursery sales area, is a small garden planted with perennials, shrubs, and trees well suited to the Central Valley.
  • The UC Davis Arboretum includes a 3.5-mile-long paved loop path along Putah Creek through campus, with different collections of plantings (Australia, California foothill, Mediterranean, and many more).
  • Nature’s Gallery Court, immediately adjacent to the nursery sales area, a stunning tile-inlaid wall featuring water-wise plants and associated insects.
  • The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, located west of the main UC campus, is a publicly accessible pollinator research garden planted with a stunning variety of bee- and butterfly-friendly perennials and shrubs.

Sign at the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden at UC Davis (© Kathy Ikeda)



















For gardening-related questions, call the UC Master Gardener office at 209-953-6112, or use our website: http://sjmastergardeners.ucanr.edu/CONTACT_US/.



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