Plant Sale Returns to UC Riverside

Plant sale celebrates its 40th anniversary on April 6 and 7

Dozens of plants lined up ready to be sold

Plants for sale at a past plant sale at the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The spring plant sale at the University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens celebrates its 40th anniversary on April 6 and 7.

Nearly 10,000 plants, including many rare and unusual varieties, as well as old favorites, will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7. It’s free to attend the sale but it costs $2 to park on campus.

The plant selection includes colorful, heat-loving trees and shrubs, flowering perennials, miniature roses, rare cacti and other succulents, patio and houseplants and wildflower seeds. In addition, a special selection of showy, water-efficient, heat-loving and California native plants selected for spring planting will also be available.

Most of the plants for sale will have a detailed information sign and color photo to help make selections. A detailed plant list is available at the garden web site, http://gardens.ucr.edu/.

Plants lined up to be sold at UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

Plants ready to be sold at past UC Riverside Botanic Gardens plant sale.

Also, volunteers with the UC Cooperative Extension Riverside County Master Gardener Program will be selling more than 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, herbs, vegetables and beneficial flowers.

There will also be a series of free classes during the plant sale:

  • 11:30 a.m. April 6, “Design a Water-Wise Garden with Color Year ‘Round,” presented by Nan Simonsem, a master gardener, and owns Nanscapes, a garden design business in Riverside.
  • 2 p.m. April 6, “Edible Landscaping- Eat Your Yard!” presented by Christine Markel Lampe, a master gardener with a home garden that is beautiful and edible.
  • 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., April 7, “Tomatoes!” a children’s class.
  • 11 a.m. April 7, “Creating a Fairy Garden,” presented by Dona Jenkins, a master gardener and the owner of GardenMoonlight, which is dedicated to creating magical and whimsical gardens.
  • 1 p.m., April 7, “Planting a Summer Vegetable Garden, presented by Lucy Heyming, a master gardener who is also the host of “Gardening with Lucy” on the City of Riverside cable channel.

For more information about the sale, or the botanic gardens, call 951-784-6962, e-mail ucrbg@ucr.edu or visit www.gardens.ucr.edu.

The botanic gardens cover more than 40 acres and feature nearly 3,500 plant species from around the world. Enjoy beautiful vistas and numerous scenic trails, including gentle pathways graded for wheelchair access. A wide array of blooming plants can be seen the year around.

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