Thanks to new as well as dedicated repeat customers, the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum’s fall plant sales were a success! The plant inventory, selected to support the fall plant sale season theme “The New Front Yard,” inspired many shoppers to replace their lawns or refresh their landscapes.
The sales also provided a tremendous outreach venue for many of our partners—Lemuria Nursery, Davis Ace Hardware, Silverado Building Materials and Nursery, the California Native Plant Society, the California Native Grasslands Association, local Master Gardeners, Whole Foods Market in Davis, graduate students from plant pathology at our “Plant Doctor Clinic,” graduate students from entomology at our “Pesticide Safety” and “”Fungicide Safety” table, as well as representatives from the City of Davis Integrated Pest Management—to interact with the community and provide valuable information.
As you may know, these plant sales are fundraising events for the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum. Proceeds from each plant purchase help support our gardens and education programs. With that said we are proud and fortunate to share that the fundraiser was successful and on par with previous years!
Thank you to the members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum, the Davis Botanical Society, the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, Whole Foods, all our volunteers (without whom these sales would not be possible), and everyone who came out to support our fall sales.
We look forward to seeing you again in the spring!
SAVE THE DATES:
Member sale: March 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
(Not a member? Join at the door! Members save 10%; new members save an additional $10 off.)
Public sales: April 5, April 26, and May 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
On Friday, August 9 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Davis Whole Foods Market is hosting a beer and food tasting event, but there’s a twist—your ticket to enter is one used shovel!
Why shovels? In an effort to help the City of Davis and the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden with our quest to secure 400 used shovels for a campus and city sculpture project (read more), Whole Foods Market has generously offered to help us entice our community with a tasting featuring beer selections from Sacramento-based, Track 7 Brewing Company side-by-side with gourmet food pairings.
DATE: Friday, August 9
TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM
PLACE: Arboretum Terrace and Lois Crowe Patio & Whole Foods Market Davis
500 First Street, Davis (MAP)
Want to attend, but don’t have a used shovel? Five dollars will also gain your admittance! All proceeds to benefit the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum.
Can’t attend, but want to donate a used shovel? Drop off your used shovel at one of these locations.
At the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum’s second and final plant sale of the fall season themed “Copy & Paste: Transferring Arboretum Style to Your Landscape,” customers were invited to utilize planting plans and ideas from the Arboretum for inspiration! Attendees received print outs with designs created by Director of Horticulture Ellen Zagory with a variety of plant suggestions perfect for any Valley-wise landscape. Download a copy of these planting plans here.
Perfect weather, a relaxed atmosphere and recommended shopping lists translated to individual customers purchasing more plants per person than the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum has seen before! Despite the total number of customers decreasing slightly from past plant sale events, their total sales remained steady, no small feat considering the difficult economic times that most nurseries have faced nationwide over the past few years. Thanks go to UC Davis Arboretum volunteers and student groups without whom these fundraisers could not take place!
Checkout the photos from the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Sunday Plant Sale here. Photos by Susie Nishio.