Showing posts from September, 2023

Don't miss: massive UC Davis Arboretum plant sale on September 30, 2023

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is one of the great treasures of the Sacramento area. It’s seamlessly integrated into the campus and is open 24/7 – no fixed hours and no entrance fees. It’s the perfect place to go for a stroll, run, walk the dog, take a picnic. Because of that, it’s used as much by the public as by the students. Near the western end of the Arboretum is the Arboretum Teaching Nursery . That’s where staff, students, and community volunteers grow plants both for the Arboretum collections and for the wildly popular plant sales. Typically, there are six plant sales a year: three in the spring and three in the fall. The first sale of the season will be this coming Saturday, September 30 , from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first two hours are for members only; the public can shop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members not only get in early, they also get a 10% discount on all plant purchases. You can join online or in person at the door. Last week, nursery manager Taylor Lewis w

A Berkeley Hills garden paradise (part 2)

Part 1 of our tour of Ben’s garden in the Berkeley Hills ended with a photo of Ben standing in front of the beautiful bamboo you see below: Walking up the stairs, the first thing I noticed – after tearing myself away from the bamboo – were three trees in tall urns, two banksias and one Cussonia paniculata : The vertical effect is fantastic. As is the color of the wall. The stone art on the wall is by Glasgow stonemason Moray Henderson. Sobralia virginalis , a large terrestrial orchid from South America: On our way to the top of the hill, I stopped frequently to take in the views: Haitian metal art inlaid and Ancestral Pueblo pottery shards in the concrete walkway: Another octopus sighting: Potted Dudleya virens ssp. hassei : Poky yucca and its shadow: San Pedro cactus (Trichocereus pachinoi ) and Leucadendron ‘Ebony’: Aloidendron ‘Hercules’: Apart from the plants and the views, the rock work done by Ignacio Medina was my favorite feature: Every rock had to be hauled up the slope a