UC Riverside Plant Sale Set for April 2 and 3

Nearly 10,000 plants and more than 600 varieties will be for sale

potted plants on tables

The spring plant sale is set for April 2 and 3.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The 43rd annual Friends of U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens Spring Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be nearly 10,000 plants and more than 600 varieties, including many rare and unusual ones, as well as old favorites. Choose from colorful, heat-loving trees and shrubs, flowering perennials, miniature roses, rare cacti and other succulents, herbs, patio and houseplants, wildflower seeds and more.

A special selection of showy, water-efficient, heat-loving and California native plants selected for spring planting will be available. And the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Riverside County Master Gardeners will also be vegetable plants they have grown.

Most of the plants for sale will have a detailed information sign and color photo. Master Gardeners, gardens’ staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions. A detailed list of plants for sale is available on the Botanic Gardens web site.

The following educational programs will be presented:

Saturday, April 2, 11:30 a.m., “Make Room for Vegetables.” Master Gardener Debbra Corbin-Euston discusses space saving techniques on growing great vegetables, including container and vertical growing.

Saturday, April 2, 1 p.m., “T-Shirt Coloring Activity” (for kids 10 and under).” Using markers and stamps to design a unique garden t-shirt. There is a $10 charge, which will include a child’s t-shirt.

Sunday, April 3, 11:30 a.m., “Introducing Butterflies into Your Garden and Your Life.” Butterfly expert Ann Platzer explains how to attract butterflies to your yard and what you need to know about nectar and host plant. She will also identify the butterflies of Riverside County.

Sunday, April 3, 1 p.m., “Water Conservation for Kids: A Hands-On Program for Children and Parents.” Erin Snyder, resource educator of the Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District, presents a creative hands-on, interactive program on the water cycle, where we get our water, simple ways to conserve and how you can reduce storm water pollutants.

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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