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Shasta College Spring Plant Sale

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Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, 2014 are dates to mark on your calendar for Shasta College Spring Plant Sale. The sale takes place from 8 AM to 5 PM and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday at the college’s farm/horticulture area in the northeastern corner of the campus. Ornamental plants and vegetables starts will be available. Get there early for best selection. Staff will be available to answer questions and admission is free.

Also, the same dates the Shasta Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will have more than 2,500 California native plants for sale. Now, with California experiencing its third dryer than normal winter season and a state-wide drought, is a good time to convert that lawn to native plants that are more in tune with our climate conditions.

Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Nursery is also open to the public for plant sales Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM. Turtle Bay members and volunteers receive 20-30% discounts. They specialize in growing drought tolerant plants, California natives, and plants proven to survive and thrive in our area. Vegetable starts will also be available on April 2nd. They are located at 1100 Arboretum Drive off of North Market Street in Redding, CA.

Native Plants and vegetable starts are also available from vendors at Redding’s Farmers Market, which will open April 5, 2014 at a new location in the parking lot southeast of Redding City Hall, adjacent to Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District (ACID) canal. The old location west of City Hall is the site for the new police building.

There are several good reasons to switch to native plants:

  1. Save water
  2. Lower maintenance
  3. Reduce pesticides
  4. Invite wildlife
  5. Support local ecology

Barbara Eisenstein has an interesting blog about a variety of native plant topics including:

 

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