The University of California Davis Arboretum has several plant sales each year, both in the spring and in the fall. I went to one on Saturday morning and finally remembered to bring a camera along. The sales are held at the new Arboretum Teaching Nursery which opened a few years ago, and the variety of plants they offer is impressive. Click here to see a list of the plants that were for sale today; this gives you a good idea of what to expect. Prices are generally in the $18-20 range for a 5 gallon plant, $10-12 for 1 gallon, and $7.50 for 4”.
In addition, the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory has a few tables with succulents, exotic houseplants, carnivorous plants, and other oddities. These plants are a real bargain. For example, I paid $4 this morning for a 2.5” Obregona denegrii cactus. This is a very slow-growing cactus, and a 2.5” specimen is easily 6-8 years old.
If you live in Northern California, I can highly recommend these sales. You’ll find plants that are hard, if not impossible, to find in commercial nurseries.
The UC Davis Arboretum will have a one more sale this spring, arguably the best deal of the season:
May 14 — End-of-Season Clearance Sale: reduced prices on many exceptional plants.
The next one after that is in early fall:
September 24 — Plant Faire: celebrating the Arboretum’s 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee.
|Lots of people trying to decide what to buy|
|These are all 1-gallon plants in the $10-12 range|
|Agave ‘Blue Glow’, for sale at $7.50 for a 4” container|
|Succulents for sale by the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory; these are great bargains|
|Half barrels demonstrating various themes. This barrel showcased “Color”…|
|…and this one “Texture.”|
|Along the outer perimeter of the Teaching Nursery there are beautifully landscaped beds showcasing the Arboretum All-Stars, “100 tough, reliable plants that have been tested in the Arboretum, are easy to grow, don’t need a lot of water, have few problems with pests or diseases, and have outstanding qualities in the garden.”|
|Our haul this morning (I went with a friend)|