October 9, 2006
UCSC Arboretum features a wide variety of
plants at the Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 14
By Marcus Woo
The UCSC Arboretum will hold its annual Fall Plant Sale on
Saturday, October 14, from noon to 4 p.m. It will take place
at the Arboretum's Eucalyptus Grove on High Street near the
intersection of Western Drive. Held in conjunction with the
California Native Plant Society, the sale opens early (from
10 a.m. to noon) for members only. Memberships will be on sale
at the gate.
A wide variety of plants will be
available at the Arboretum Fall Plant Sale, including
Australian banksias (below) and other members of the protea
family, as well as native succulents such as Dudleya
Photos: Stephen McCabe
Fall is a good time for planting because roots can establish
themselves during the rainy season, which makes for a stronger
and healthier plant to withstand the dry summer. The sale will
highlight an unusual selection of native and nonnative species
chosen to thrive in home gardens. A complete list is available
on the Arboretum's web site.
Featured plants include some lesser-known members of the protea
family: Australian banksias with large, conelike flowers and
South African leucadendrons with attractive foliage that can
take on a yellow or burgundy-red color. There will also be a
variety of manzanitas and other California natives.
The sale will also include a variety of South African succulents,
perfect plants for dorm rooms as well as the home garden, according
to Stephen McCabe, research and education coordinator at the
Arboretum. Several species of Dudleya (live-forevers)
from California and Baja California will be available, including
Dudleya viscida, a California native succulent recently
highlighted in an article by McCabe in the Rock Garden Quarterly
One of the more unusual plants available this year is Coreopsis
gigantea, which is native to California's Channel Islands.
This plant's bright yellow daisylike flowers and finely divided
leaves sit atop a woody, semisucculent trunk that can be four
inches wide and more than six feet high. Other plants at the
sale include Salvia 'Phyllis' Fancy,' a selection introduced
by the Arboretum and featured in the September issue of Horticulture
For more information, contact the UCSC Arboretum at (831) 427-2998.
The Arboretum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Norrie's
Gifts is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.