Plant Sale Returns Oct. 24 and 25

Many drought tolerant and California native plants will be for sale

Wheelbarrow holding plants

The fall plants sale at UC Riverside’s Botanic Gardens will be held Oct. 24 and 25.

The 33rd annual Friends of U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fall is the best time to plant California friendly perennials, shrubs, bulbs and wildflower seeds. Plants established in the fall and winter will grow faster in the spring and require less water during the summer.

Nearly 10,000 plants and more than 500 varieties of California native and California appropriate plants will be for sale. Choose from plants that attract hummingbirds or butterflies, drought tolerant and California native plants, as well as plants that have fragrant flowers or ones suitable for cut flowers or foliage.

A partial plant list is available on the web site of the Botanic Gardens. 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, gardens staff and volunteers will be on hand to give advice and garden troubleshooting tips.

The Master Gardeners will also be selling organically grown cool-season vegetables, herbs and beneficial flowers.

In addition, several free programs and demonstrations will be held:

  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m., “The New California Garden…Make Every Drop Count!” A panel of UCCE Riverside County Master Gardeners with years of experience in natives, cactus, succulents, water-wise gardening and adaptive irrigation, will answer your questions about gardening and landscaping in California’s dry Mediterranean climate.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m., “Edible Landscaping with Cool-Season Vegetables.” Christine Lampe, a UCCE Riverside County Master Gardener, will speak about incorporating edible plants into your landscape design. Herbs and vegetables can add beauty to your garden and taste great. Many will also attract beneficial predators, butterflies and birds.
  • Sunday, October 25, 1 p.m., “Children’s Activity – Leaf Rubbings & Wildflower Bookmarks!” Erin Snyder, Resource Educator with the Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District (RCRCD), will show your child how to create leaf rubbings and make wildflower bookmarks! Parents can learn more about educational materials, programs, school garden planning support and mini-grants available free of charge through the RCRCD.

For more information on the plant sale visit www.gardens.ucr.edu, contact the Botanic Gardens at 951-784-6962, or send an email to 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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