April 15, 2002
Plants especially suited to the Monterey Bay area featured in annual Arboretum
By Linley Erin Hall
The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is holding its annual Spring Plant Sale in conjunction
with the California Native Plant Society on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. The sale will take place at the Arboretum Eucalyptus Grove on High Street near
the intersection with Western Drive.
The sale will feature plants that grow especially well in the Monterey Bay Area.
This includes native California plants as well as ones from Australia, South Africa,
and New Zealand. Most of the plants were grown at the Arboretum and are not available
|Leucospermum glabrum is among the plants that will be available at the
Arboretum's spring sale. Photo: Ron Arruda.
Additional plants donated by local nurseries, including California Succulents,
Monterey Bay Nursery, Sierra Azul, and Suncrest Nurseries, will be for sale.
Each plant comes with a written description of its color, size, and best growing
conditions. The sale features drought-tolerant plants, frost-resistant plants, cacti,
groundcovers, and plants that provide nectar to hummingbirds. A complete list of
available plants will be posted on the Arboretum's web
site on April 14.
The sale will be open to Arboretum and California Native Plant Society members only
from 10 to 11 a.m. During this time members can purchase Blandfordia nobilis,
a member of the lily family with reddish-orange blossoms, as well as a Telopea
cross, Telopea oreades X speciosissima, and Leucospermum cordifolium.
These are difficult plants to propagate, so the limited quantities are available
to members only. Memberships can be purchased at the gate on the day of the sale.
The Arboretum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Norrie's Gifts is open Tuesday
through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Jean and
Bill Lane Horticultural Library is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
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