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Regional Parks Garden Sale Offers Native & Drought Tolerant Plants

3/14/2014

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden spring plant sale is a rare opportunity to select from an unmatched diversity of California native plants propagated by volunteers from the Garden's collection, including trees, shrubs, groundcovers, perennials, grasses, bulbs, ferns, and annuals, as well as native plant seeds. Many of the plants offered, are not available in a commercial nursery.

Look for plenty of native flowering irises (Iris), coral bells (Heuchera), lilies (Lilium), trillium (Trillium), and monkeyflowers (Mimulus) along with a diversity of manzanitas (Arctostaphylos), ceanothus (Ceanothus), and sages (Salvia).

Among the drought tolerant plants which will be available for sale:
* Chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum) – We will have the cultivars ‘Dancing Tassels’ and  ‘Ortega Beauty’.
* Edmunds manzanita (Arctostaphylos edmundsii) – We will have the cultivars ‘Bert Johnson’, ‘Big Sur’, and ‘Carmel Sur’.
* California wild lilacs (Ceanothus spp.) – We will have many including: ‘Blue Cloud’, ‘Julia Phelps’, and ‘Tilden Park’.
* Island bush poppy (Dendromecon harfordii).
* Santa Cruz Island ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus subsp. aspleniifolius).

The sale features plants to fit conditions in every Bay Area garden, with experts on hand to provide advice and gardening tips. Visitors may explore the Garden and benefit from horticultural advice. Please bring your own boxes to cart home your purchases. The terrific and tireless Regional Parks Botanic Garden volunteers organize the event, and all proceeds directly benefit the Garden.

We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Bring boxes to carry your purchases.

What: Regional Parks Botanic Garden Annual California Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Rain or shine!

Where: The Garden is located at the intersection of Wildcat Canyon Road and South Park Drive near the Brazil Building at Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley. For directions to the Garden see nativeplants.org/visit.html

Entry: Admission is free.

Parking: As you approach the Garden, volunteers will direct you to parking spots.

Public information: (510) 544-3166 or nativeplants.org

About the Garden
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is a naturally beautiful and tranquil living museum of California native plants. Located within Tilden Regional Park in the hills above Berkeley, California, this enchanting 10-acre garden is a sanctuary for many of the state's rare and endangered plants and a place for visitors to wander among trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses from plant communities throughout the state.

The garden's primary role is to create beautiful landscapes displaying California's diverse plant life. Its mission embraces not only aesthetics, but also native plant conservation, public education, and horticultural experimentation designed to bring new native plants into the nursery trade.


The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 114,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.


Isa Polt-Jones
(510) 544-2207

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