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The UC Plant Sale

Along with Tilden, the UC Botanical Garden has the other big plant sale in the East Bay. UC does the sale in two parts, with the sale Saturday but a members-only preview Friday evening. The preview is in many ways the main event. Anita and I got memberships this year, so we got to go for the first time. Pretty cool event, with some unusual things for sale, weird indoor plants and carnivorous plants and funky caudiciform plants I’d heard of. I realized how much I’ve just been shopping in the mediterranean and native sections of the nurseries lately.

I wandered around for a while in the native section after checking out the sale. There were fewer things blooming than I expected — irises, thimbleberry, the white form of meadowfoam, a western azalea were the highlights — but everything looked really fresh and green. The native section is always bigger and less like a garden than I’m expecting, more like the landscape of a hiking trail. The oaks are especially nice. Some photos are below. (more…)