Annual Spring Plant Sale Set for April 1 and 2

For the first time, outside vendors will be selling their plants to enhance the selection

Plant sale

Succulents will be for sale at the Friends of the U.C. Riverside Botanic Garden spring plant sale.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The 44th annual University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens Spring Plant Sale, which will take place the weekend of April 1 and 2, will for the first time have outside vendors selling plants.

The sale is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2. Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens, who pay annual membership dues, can come to the sale from 8 to 11 a.m. April 1. To become a member visit http://gardens.ucr.edu/involved/friends.html.

Thousands of plants will be offered for sale, including many rare and unusual varieties, as well as old favorites. They will range from colorful, heat-loving trees and shrubs, flowering perennials, cacti and other succulents, orchids, plants that attract hummingbirds or butterflies, drought-tolerant plants, and California native plants. A plant list is available at: http://gardens.ucr.edu/events/plantsale_list.pdf.

There will also be a large selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Riverside County Master Gardeners.

For the first time this spring, local vendors will be at the sale to enhance the selection of plants. Vendors include: Paradise Garden Center, Australian Outback Plants, Blossoms of Aloha, High Noon Creations, Stumps and Trunks, CH Plants, Resendez Brothers Protea Growers, John & Bob’s Smart Soil Solutions, Wild Birds Unlimited, and Zeny’s Orchids.

Master gardeners, UC Riverside Botanic Gardens’ staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Free educational programs will be presented during the sale days.

For more information, please contact the Botanic Gardens at 951-784-6962 or ucrbg@ucr.edu or visit www.gardens.ucr.edu. Parking and entrance into the Botanic Gardens are free for this event.

The UC Riverside 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 both gentle pathways and rugged hiking trails. A wide array of blooming plants can be seen year around.

The event is sponsored by Paradise Garden Center, a Riverside nursery.

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