Fall Plant Sale - Sunday, September 28
Public Sale10:30 am - 3 pm
Our much-anticipated Fall Plant Sale is nearly upon us! We specialize in regionally-appropriate, Mediterranean climate plants including California natives, and plants from South Africa, Australia, the Mediterranean region, and South America. We also have the exotic and unusual. Our wide variety of plant offerings will appeal to everyone.
The Garden will close at 3 pm on the day of the sale.
Join Us for the Best Plant Party in Town
Plant List - Coming Soon
Come shop for outstanding plants in an enchanting garden setting! We specialize in regionally-appropriate Mediterranean climate plants. We also sell rare cycads and palms, carnivorous plants, cacti and succulents, rare bulbs, Asian plants, glorious vines, tropical and houseplants, dry-growing Mexican and Central American plants, and much more. Shoppers can also pick up gardening tips and expert advice from the volunteers and staff members who will be on hand at the sale.
Quantities of some plants are limited so popular items may sell out quickly. Arrive early for the best selection, and bring a wagon and recycled boxes to carry your purchases.
Members' Sale and Silent Auction
Join Us for the Best Plant Party in Town
9 am - 10:30 am
As always, members get a jump on things with the Members' Sale. This special preview includes coffee and tea and a silent auction of especially choice items from 9 am - 10:30 am. If you’re a non-member and want to enjoy the benefits of this preview sale, sign up or renew a membership ahead of time and take advantage of the yearlong perks afforded members. Memberships and all proceeds help support the Garden.
To attend member-only hours, please present your valid membership card, or you may purchase a membership at the sale or online. Individual members are entitled to one admission only, for the member. If you wish to bring another member from your household, please upgrade to a family membership.
Family members are entitled to two admissions. If you wish to bring a guest please upgrade to a Family Plus membership and you will receive a one-time guest pass for the sale.
For more information, call the Membership Department at 510-643-1924 or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Garden membership on our Membership Central website. Join or renew online or at the door.
Members' Sale and Silent Auction
Sunday | September 28| 9 am - 10:30 am
The Silent Auction offers enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to bid on rare or unique plant for home gardens while enjoying a light breakfast.
The Silent Auction will open at 9 am and close promptly at 10:30 am. You must be
present to win.
We've been busy over the summer assembling what looks to be a particularly unusual selection of plants for the Silent Auction at our Fall 2014 Members' Sale. Over the next few weeks I will periodically post images of new plants that will be in the Auction.
The Garden reserves the right to remove plants from the
auction depending upon their condition at the time of the sale. All proceeds benefit
I hope to see you at the Members' Sale on Sunday, September 28.
Associate Director of Collections & Horticulture/Silent Auction Coordinator
Map Coming Soon
PARKING: There's plenty of parking available for everyone. We have THREE free shuttles running continuously from the upper parking lot at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Pay the attendant for your parking. Look for the umbrella near the upper parking lots--this is where you catch the shuttle. Limited free parking is also available at the parking lot across the street from the Garden.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- BECOME A MEMBER: Members get in first. If you want first crack at the best stuff and you’re not a member, you can become a member at the gate or join now (link to membership central).
- MAKE A PLAN: Take a look at our sale map (link to map) so you know where to head for your favorite plants. Maps will also be available at the sale.
- BRING CASH, CHECK or CREDIT CARD: Checks may be made payable to UC REGENTS
- USE THE HOLD AREAS: When you’re ready we’ll deliver the plants out to the pickup area in the front of the Garden. It really works! You don’t have to carry your plants around with you while you’re shopping.
- BRING A WAGON: We often have more shoppers than wagons. If you’d like to be assured of having one, then it’s best to bring your own. Please do not bring oversize wagons – this will limit your access at the sale. We recommend wagons the size of our red radio flyers.
- ASK QUESTIONS: Our expert community of staff and volunteers know everything (…well, almost everything)! Take advantage of this great resource.
- PARKING: There's plenty of parking available for everyone. We have THREE free shuttles running continuously from the upper parking lot at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Pay the attendant for your parking. Look for the umbrella near the upper parking lots--this is where you catch the shuttle. Limited free parking is also available at the parking lot across the street from the Garden.
CHECK OUT PROCEDURES:
HOLD AREAS: We encourage you to use the two Hold Areas, where you can conveniently store your plants while you
continue to shop. The Hold Areas are marked on the map; one is halfway down the road at the end of the Natives
Section, the other is at the end of the road above of the Conference Center Building.
STEP 1: Drop off your plants at Hold; when you are through shopping a checker will tally your plants and give you a tally sheet. Your plants will then be delivered to the PICK UP area across the street from the entrance.
STEP 2: Take your tally sheet to the CASHIER near the Garden entrance. The Cashiers accept cash, check (made out to “UC REGENTS”, please remember to write your daytime phone number on the check) and credit cards.
STEP 3 (PICKUP): If you’re parked in the Botanical Garden lot, we will help you get your plants to the car. If you’re parked at the Lawrence Hall of Science, take the shuttle to your car and drive to the PICK UP area. Show your PAID cash register receipt to the pickup monitors, who will help you load your plants into your car.
IF YOU KEPT YOUR PLANTS WITH YOU (NOT IN HOLD)
STEP 1 (CHECK OUT): Take your plants to the CHECKER STATION, next to the Cashier. A checker will tally
up your plants and give you a tally sheet.
STEP 2 (CASHIER): Take your tally sheet to the Cashier Station. The Cashiers accept cash, check (made out to “UC REGENTS”) and credit cards. Show your paid receipt to the Exit Monitor as you leave with your plants.
STEP 3 (PICKUP): If you’re parked in the Botanical Garden lot, you may simply head to your car. If you’re parked at the Lawrence Hall of Science, you may drop your plants off in the Pickup area, take the shuttle to your car and drive to the Pickup area. Show your PAID cash register receipt to the pickup monitors, who will help you load your plants into your car.
NO CHILDREN IN WAGONS PLEASE AND THANK YOU!
Edibles from the Garden:
Unusual and Vintage Herbs
We are excited to be continuing our new plant section focusing on unusual and hard to find herbs, in addition to a selection of what we consider to be the best herb varieties for culinary or ornamental use. The Garden has a long history of growing herbs, with the Herb Garden playing a prominent role among our ethnobotanical collections. We would like to introduce you to some of our favorite herbs which can be used for flavor, fragrance or simply their ornamental appeal.
Many herbs come from the Mediterranean basin, and as such they do very well in the summer dry, Mediterranean climate of the greater Bay Area. This is particularly true for rosemary, culinary thyme, many lavenders, oreganos – including both culinary and ornamental varieties, and culinary sage.
This year’s offering is just a start. Over time watch for new and interesting varieties.
Here are a few of the plants we will have at the sale:
- Calamintha sylvatica
- Mentha x piperita ‘Chocolate Mint’
- Menthasuaveolens ‘Pineapple Mint’
- Origanum ‘Marshall’s Memory’
- Rosmarinus ‘Curly’
- Rosmarinus ‘Jen’s Blush’
- Rosmarinus ‘Joyce de Baggio’
- Rosmarinus prostratus
- Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’
- Satureja spinosa
- Thymus 'Argentus'
- Thymus ‘Foxley’
- Thymus ‘Golden Lemon’
- Thymus hirsutus
- Thymus ‘Doone Valley’
- Thymus thracicus