Special fall plant sales and garden events

Fall is a wonderful time to “think garden.” The peak heat of summer is over, garden events abound, and it’s a perfect time to plant. The late fall months (October and November) are especially ideal for re-landscaping or planting a new garden. Cooler daytime temperature means that plants experience less transplanting shock, while warm soil and rain showers encourage the growth of new roots before the cold of winter makes plants go dormant.

Take advantage of these upcoming events to buy special new plants, view gorgeous gardens, learn something new, or simply get outside in a beautiful setting:

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Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Open Garden

When:      Saturday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where:     11549 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Fair Oaks
Website:   http://sacmg.ucanr.edu/?calitem=389780&g=21788

This horticulture center—which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year—is the demonstration garden for the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County. It’s divided into several different areas: a water-efficient landscape, a composting area, an irrigation display, and an edible garden with fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, and more. During this free-to-the-public celebration, Master Gardeners will present mini-demonstrations on various topics at 10 a.m.

Fall visitors in the large edible garden at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. (Kathy Ikeda)

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CNPS Fall Native Plant Sale (Sacramento)

When:      Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where:     Shepard Garden and Arts Center at McKinley Park
                3300 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
Website:   https://bit.ly/2C7xIzT

This annual sale by the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) features a wide variety of California native perennials, shrubs, and trees. A bonus is the artisan market with creations by local artists. Admission is free, and if you join CNPS or renew your membership at the sale you will receive a complimentary one-gallon plant. Proceeds from this event support CNPS’s educational and conservation work.

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Gardening with California Native Plants

When:      Tuesday, September 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Where:     Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center
                2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton
Website:   http://sjmastergardeners.ucanr.edu/?calitem=423404&g=3626

A free educational seminar by the UCCE San Joaquin Master Gardeners. Learn about the benefits of growing California natives, their cultural needs, and more. To reserve a space and class materials, call (209) 953-6100. While you’re there, visit the beautiful demonstration garden!

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UCD Arboretum Plant Sales

When:      Saturday, September 29 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (members only)
                September 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (public sale)
                Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (public sale)
                Saturday, November 3 from9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (public clearance sale)
Where:     UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
                Garrod Drive (across from the Veterinary School), UCD campus, Davis
Website:   https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/plant-sales

These sales are extremely popular, so arrive early for the best selection! Enjoy choosing from the many special California natives and other plants at this one-acre nursery, including those on the Arboretum All-Stars list. You’ll be inspired by the water-wise landscaping, and can get guidance from the many gardening experts on site. If you have extra time, plan to wander the nearby Arboretum pathways and the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants.

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CNPS Fall Native Plant Sale (North San Joaquin Valley)

When:      Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (tentative)
Where:     Hughson Arboretum and Gardens
                Corner of Whitmore and Euclid Roads, Hughson
Website:   https://nsj.cnps.org

This annual sale by the North San Joaquin Valley Chapter of CNPS is held in cooperation with the Hughson Arboretum, whose mission is “to plant, maintain and make available to the public, native tree and plant species, trees of historic value, or other types of plant material to promote education about and appreciation of our natural environment….” The sale date is still tentative, so be sure to check the website for updates and confirmation.

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Growing Fabulous Citrus

When:      Tuesday, October 23 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Where:     Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center
                2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton
Website:   http://sjmastergardeners.ucanr.edu/?calitem=423408&g=3626

A free educational seminar by the UCCE San Joaquin Master Gardeners. Learn about citrus varieties suitable for our climate, planting and care techniques, and more. To reserve a space and class materials, call (209) 953-6100.

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REMINDER: Are you interested in becoming a San Joaquin Master Gardener? Completed applications for the 2019 training program must be received by September 28. See http://sjmastergardeners.ucanr.edu/Becoming_a_Master_Gardener/for details and for an application form.

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

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