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Master Gardeners to Hold Final Plant Sale of the Year

by Donna Marshall
UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County

Set aside Saturday, April 30, to attend the final plant sale of the year sponsored by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County. Ornamental plants take the spotlight for this sale, which will be from 8 am until 2 pm at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden located at 6699 Campus Drive, behind the Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center in Placerville. Parking is free in the El Dorado Center lot adjacent to the garden.

The sale features a wide variety of excellent quality landscape plants locally grown by Master Gardeners, including native plants, ground covers, ornamental grasses, succulents, perennials, and shrubs and trees. Payment can be made with cash, check, or credit card. Shop ahead by checking the Master Gardener website https://mgeldorado.ucanr.edu after April 18 for a plant inventory list.

If you are interested in native plants, you are likely to find California buckeye, milkweed, California wild lilac, ceanothus, Western redbud, California fuchsia, penstemon, hummingbird sage, and more. Some of the available groundcovers and grasses include feather reed grass, sedges, dwarf plumbago, Santa Barbara daisy, Japanese blood grass, Japanese silver grass, pink muhly, Oriental fountain grass, and dwarf periwinkle. If perennials are on your list, you will find yarrow, naked lady, asters, bellflower, Coreopsis, Dianthus (pinks), coneflower, wallflower, blanket flower, sunflower, coral bells, geraniums, black-eyed Susan, pincushion flower, and salvias. There will also be many shrubs and trees to choose from, including Japanese, red, and flowering maples, butterfly bush, trumpet vine, Deodar Cedar, smoke tree, dogwood, forsythia, hibiscus, hydrangea, lavender, Chinese Pistache, willow, sage, Japanese spirea, lilac, wisteria, and more varieties.

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