Nearly 10,000 Plants for Sale

Fall plant sale set for Oct 26 and Oct. 27 at UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

potted plants on tables

The fall plant sale is set for Oct. 26 and Oct. 27

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The 31st annual Friends of U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale will take place Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The sale, which is free but with a $2 parking charge, coincides with the fall planting season. Plants established during the fall and winter grow faster in spring and will require less water next summer.

There will be nearly 10,000 plants, including many rare and unusual varieties, as well as old favorites.  Choose from colorful, heat-loving trees and shrubs, flowering perennials, rare cacti and other succulents, lots of herbs, patio and houseplants, wildflower seeds and much more.  A special selection of water-efficient and California native plants will also be available.

A partial plant list with descriptions is available at: http://gardens.ucr.edu/documents/UCRBotanicGardensPlantListFALL13_update.pdf. Most of the plants for sale will have a detailed information sign and color photo. University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Riverside County master gardeners, garden staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions.

The master gardeners will also be selling cool-season vegetables, herbs and beneficial flowers that were grown using organic methods. Single pots will sell for $2.50 and six packs will sell for $4.

The vegetables include: three types of broccoli, red and green cabbages, cauliflower, collards, three types of kale, leeks, red and yellow onions, scallions, sugar peas and three types of Swiss chard.

Also available are many types of salad greens, among them: arugula, cress, 10 types of lettuce, mesclun, mustard, and three types of spinach. Also offered are Asian varieties of greens and vegetables such as bok choy, michihli cabbage and mizuna mustard.

Herbs for sale include: German chamomile, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, sorrel and thyme. The flowers include: four different alyssums, calendula, lavender, lobelia, three colors of nasturtium and violas.

Also, several free educational programs are scheduled:

Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11:15 a.m., “Fall – The Perfect Season for Planting,” presented by Katherine Botts, master gardener and landscape designer

Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m., “Cool Season Vegetable Gardening,” presented by Lucy Heyming, master gardener and UCR Extension lecturer

Sunday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m., “Creating a Fairy Garden,” presented by Dona Jenkins, master gardener and owner of Garden Moonlight.

For more information about these programs, the sale, or the Botanic Gardens contact the Botanic Gardens at 951-784-6962 or ucrbg@ucr.edu.

The Botanic Gardens cover more than 40 acres and feature nearly 3,000 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 year around.

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