Sunday, March 20, 2011

NorCal plant sales, Spring 2011

Spring is plant sale time in Northern California. I love scouting for unusual plants, and these events are perfect for finding plants regular nurseries don’t carry.

In an effort to keep track of all the sales that are happening in the next few months, I decided to compile a list that will be easy to refer to. If you know of any sales I didn’t include, please let me know and I will add them.

DATE LOCATION DESCRIPTION



3/26/11 – 3/27/11 Sacramento Perennial plant sale
AIDS charity sale of perennials propagated by Sacramento horticulturist Robert Hamm
Parking structure behind The Gifted Gardener, 18th and J streets, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm.
The sale will benefit the Sunburst Projects for children and families living with HIV and AIDS.
Robert Hamm’s plant sales are great. Lots of variety and reasonable prices. Plants are typically in 4-inch containers. We have bought many plants from Robert Hamm over the years and they have thrived.

UPDATE: Robert Hamm just canceled his 3/26-3/27 plant sale. He says, “Due to the wet, cold weather, too many of the plants are still dormant.and we have not been able to get out and clean and label them.”
3/26/11 – 3/27/11 Sacramento Shepard Garden and Arts Center
Spring sale. More than 40 clubs. Plants, books, accessories. Expert gardening advice.
10:00am – 4:00pm each day.
Click here for directions.
4/2/11 Davis UC Davis Arboretum
Storer Garden Spotlight: Emphasis on carefree, low-maintenance gardening
Click here for more information.
4/2/11 – 4/3/11 San Jose Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose
42nd Annual Spring Show and Sale
Click here for more information.
4/9/11 Rocklin Mad Man Bamboo
Open House: Many clumping and running bamboos on sale. Also Japanese maples.
Click here for more information.
4/9/11 Walnut Creek Ruth Bancroft Garden
Spring plant sale. Free admission to the garden. Self-guided and docent-led tours.
Click here for more information and a list of plants that will be for sale.
4/23/11 Los Altos

The Northern California Chapter of the American Bamboo Society
Spring bamboo sale and auction at Foothill College.
Click here for more information.

4/30/11 Berkeley UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Spring plant sale. Members-only sale on Friday, 4/29 at 5:00pm. Public sale on Saturday, 4/30.
Click here for more information.
4/30/11 Davis UC Davis Arboretum
Gardening for the Senses: Featuring plants for color, texture, and fragrance
Click here for more information.
5/7/11 San Francisco San Francisco Botanical Garden
Annual spring sale. Members-only sale on Friday, 5/6 at 5:00pm. Public sale on Saturday, 5/7.
Click here for more information.
5/14/11 Davis UC Davis Arboretum
End-of-Season Clearance Sale: Reduced prices on many exceptional plants
Click here for more information.

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