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Spring Plant Sale 2014

The Sale

Spring Plant Sale

New Dates & Times

Members' Sale & Silent Auction

SATURDAY, APRIL 26
4 - 7 pm

Public Sale

SUNDAY, APRIL27
9 am - 2 pm

Our annual Spring Plant Sale is nearly here! We are featuring drought-resistant plants to keep your garden beautiful year-round. Our expert staff and volunteers can help you with plant selections,ways to save water in the garden, and other great ideas. We have an exciting selection of exotic and rare plants, including an expanded selection of Mediterranean-climate plants perfect for your water-wise garden.

DOWNLOAD Plant Sale Survival Guide

DOWNLOAD Guidelines for Planting in a Dry Year by Katherine Greenberg

Join Us for the Best Plant Party in Town

Members are invited to the preview and silent auction (4 - 7 pm). You will be treated to fine wines by JarvisTomei Wines and enjoy food from the
Bancroft Catering
.

Cacti and Succulents Volunteer Prop Paul and Chris Girl smelling a rose Volunteers Shoppers Serving wine Reception

Plant List

Plant List - Updated Regularly

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.

CLICK IMAGES TO VIEW PLANT LISTS:

CALIFORNIA NATIVES
California Natives
PALMS & CYCADS
Perennials & Subtropicals
BULBS
Bulbs
PERENNIALS & SUBTROPICALS
Perennials & Subtropicals
CACTI & SUCCULENTS
Cacti & Succulents
TREES & SHRUBS
Trees & Shrubs
HERBS
Herbs

VINES
Vines

HOUSEPLANTS
Houseplants
INSECTIVORES
Vines

 

 

Members

Join Us for the Best Plant Party in Town

Members' Sale and Silent Auction

SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 4 pm - 7 pm

Members Posing

As always, members get a jump on things with the Members’- Only Preview Sale. This special preview includes coffee and tea and a silent auction of especially choice items from 4 - 6 pm 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 gardenmembership@berkeley.edu. Learn more about Garden membership on our Membership Central website. Join or renew online or at the door.

Serving Wine Silent Auction Food Silent Auction Members eating

Silent Auction

Chris Carmichael Announcing

Join Us for the Best Plant Party in Town

Members' Sale and Silent Auction

Saturday | April 26| 4 - 6 pm

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 4 pm. and close promptly at 6 pm. You must be present to win. There will be approximately 30 plants in the Auction. We have illustrated many of them on this page, and there will be last minute additions on the day of the sale. The Garden reserves the right to remove plants from the auction depending upon their condition at the time of the sale. All proceeds benefit the Garden.

Our Spring 2014 Silent Auction promises to be the best auction yet!  We have a particularly nice selection of rare and beautiful plants for your consideration. In keeping with the waterwise theme of this sale, our auction will include exotic and beautiful plants with low water requirements.

View non-plant Silent Auction items at the bottom of this list.

Clematis 'Mrs. N. Thompson'

Last minute addition: Pelargonium tricolor
Check out the entire selection of Silent Auction plants at the Members' Plant Sale this Saturday, April 27 from 4 pm - 6 pm.

Become a member to attend.
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Clematis 'Mrs. N. Thompson'

Last minute addition: Agave victoria-reginae
Check out the entire selection of Silent Auction plants at the Members' Plant Sale this Saturday, April 27 from 4 pm - 6 pm.

Become a member to attend.
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Clematis 'Mrs. N. Thompson'

Last minute addition: Cornus florida urbiniana
Check out the entire selection of Silent Auction plants at the Members' Plant Sale this Saturday, April 27 from 4 pm - 6 pm.

Become a member to attend.
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Clematis 'Mrs. N. Thompson'

Clematis 'Mrs. N. Thompson'
Family: Ranunculaceae
Horticultural Origin
Like most Clematis this beautiful vine wants full sun, rich and well drained soil and regular water. Fully hardy in the greater Bay Area, keep its roots shaded for best results.
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Euphorbia xantii

Euphorbia xantii
Cherry Blossom or Baja Euphorbia
Family: Euphorbiaceae
This unusual shrub produces fragrant, pink blossoms on pencil-like branches in the spring. It is very waterwise, and will take occasional, light freezing. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. Reportedly reaches about six feet tall and wide.
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Caryota mitis 'variegata'

Caryota mitis 'variegata'
Variegated Clustering Fishtail Palm
Family Arecaceae Horticultural Origin
This choice fishtail palm has leaves splashed with white. It wants full sun and a warm location. While some fishtail palms are hardy in our climate (as a look around the UCBG Conference Center will demonstrate!), we're not clear on this one. It might be safest to overwinter it inside.
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Haworthia truncata
Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Origin: Cape Province, South Africa
Haworthia truncata is a stemless succulent species with leaves abruptly
truncated and arranged in a distichous manner (two rows on opposite sides).
This unusual leaf form and arrangement earned this succulent the colloquial
name in Afrikaans "perderande", horse teeth.

While this species is popular among Haworthia collectors, there are numerous,
ultra desirable cultivars originating from Japan which feature intricately
patterned markings on their leaf-faces. We have two mature and very
attractive cultivars in the Silent Auction.

Agave isthmensis 'variegated'

Haworthia truncata ‘Moujou Tsuki (網影)' This cultivar’s name translates as
netted moon in reference to the reticulated pattern of its leaf faces.
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Agave isthmensis 'variegated'

Agave isthmensis 'variegated'

Haworthia truncata ‘TY’ This cultivar has a series of lightning-strike lines on
its face, reminiscent of the electrical discharge of a Tesla coil.
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Agave isthmensis 'variegated'

Nepenthes
'Miranda'
Hybrid Tropical Pitcher Plant
Family: Nepenthaceae
Horticultural Origin
This tropical pitcher plant is one of the easiest for home gardeners.
It is tolerant of a wide range of conditions. This is a specimen sized plant
in a hanging basket. The image shows a lighter immature pitcher and a more
mature, red-mouthed pitcher.
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Agave isthmensis 'variegated'

Agave isthmensis 'variegated'

Lecanopteris
'Alford'
Ant Fern
Family: Polypodiaceae
Horticultural Origin; originally Southeast Asia
A bizarre fern with swollen hollow rhizomes that provide homes for symbiotic
ants. It is an epiphytic plant, derived from species that naturally occur from Southeast Asia to New Guinea. Grow in a greenhouse or warm, humid indoor location. I think the rhizomes look like plastic or melted wax?!
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Agave isthmensis 'variegated'

Agave isthmensis 'variegated'
Variegated Dwarf Butterfly Agave
Family: Asparagaceae
Horticultural Origin
This is a tiny and very choice variety of the somewhat more familiar
A. isthmensis, from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca State, Mexico.
This plant will not exceed one foot high and wide, though it will eventually
throw up a blossom stalk several feet tall.
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Aloe brevifolia

Aloe brevifolia - variegated form 
Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae 
Horticultural Origin
This small aloe can be grown indoors or out.  It is perfectly hardy in our
immediate Bay Area. This is a choice and heavily variegated selection. 
It pups freely and will form a dense clump over time.
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Echeveria secunda var. glauca

Echeveria secunda
var. glauca 'Comptons Carousel' 
Family: Crassulaceae
Horticultural Origin
We offered this rare and beautiful succulent several years back and it was a
big hit. We finally have a few more to offer at this silent auction. A hardy
plant which readily pups, this is choice plant for any collection.
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For the second time ever we are featuring several choice auction items in addition to the plants we have available. Check out these great items and join us to bid on Saturday, 4/26 from 4 pm to 6 pm.

 

Julia Morgan Building

EDEN CANYON VINEYARDS
One case of their award winning 2010
"FREEDOM FROM THE PRESS" CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Bronze Medal Winner at the 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition Soft structured with violets, blueberry, vanilla, chocolate, currant, chocolate, raspberry, fig, truffle, hazelnut, supple tannins, and bright acids. 100% free-run estate cabernet sauvignon Label artwork "Veiled #12" by Elisa Carozza Production: 200 cases, 13% alc. “Our small production, handcrafted wines are produced with minimal intervention, reflecting our vineyard's full influence in the winemaking process. Our estate vineyard produces low yield and high- quality grapes that are crushed and de-stemmed within minutes of handpicking. We produce about 2,000 cases a year of consistent, balanced, low sulfite, and nature friendly wines.”

Donated by Eden Canypn Vineyards
Value: $450
Minimum Bid: $225
Bid Increments: $20

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Julia Morgan Building

FRAMED PRINT CELEBRATING THE GARDEN’S 110TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2000

This beautiful work of art is signed and numbered by the French-Italian artist and illustrator Yan Nascimbene. A graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, Nascimbene illustrated more than 50 books, 300 book covers, and countless editorial pieces for publications like The New Yorker, TIME, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, and The Atlantic. Yan Nascimbene passed away in Mexico on Feb 1st 2013. Not only will this lovely print complement any décor, it is a wonderful way to remember the UC Botanical Garden for years to come.

Donated by Yan Nascimbene
Value: $175
Minimum Bid: $85
Bid Increments: $10

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Garden Entrance water-wise plantings
Photo by Melanie Hofmann

Katherine Greenberg>
CREATE A WATER-WISE GARDEN
Design Consult – Low Maintenance Plants -
Irrigation Consult

Katherine Greenberg, a recognized Bay Area garden designer and author, will provide two hours of consultation to help you plan your water-wise green garden. Her Lafayette garden has been featured in a number of publications, and was selected for a Garden Design Green Award in 2010. Katherine has a special interest in the native plants of California. A signed copy of her book, “Growing California Native Plants, 2nd edition”, is included in this package. Also included is a collection of eight California Native specimens, personally selected by Chris Carmichael, the UC Botanical Garden’s Associate Director of Collection and Horticulture. To round it out, this package includes an in-store consult and a $300 Urban Farmer gift certificate toward the latest in low-use irrigation system. Consult is best scheduled for June to September in time for fall planting.
DOWNLOAD Guidelines for Planting in a Dry Year by Katherine Greenberg

Donated by Katherine Greenberg, Urban Farmer and UCBG
Value: $1500
Minimum Bid: $750
Bid Increments: $50

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Tea

Julia Morgan Building

FORMAL SIT-DOWN TEA FOR 30
Private Event in our Julia Morgan designed Hall

Invite 30 guests to enjoy a formal sit-down tea in this unique historic setting. Befitting of our splendid 1911 Julia Morgan building, we will be using our finest English-bone china, linens and exquisite silver. Your guests will be served a menu of tea sandwiches, scones, Devon cream, petit fours, and more. Professional Event Stylist, Jill Wilson and friends will preside over this lovely event. Jill has designed and produced events throughout Europe at such venues as Highclere Castle in England, known to most as Downton Abbey, and she promises a similar experience, sans the butler. This would be an ideal event for a special celebration, bridal shower, birthday party, or for hosting your Garden, Book or University Club group. Included in this package is a private docent-lead tour of the Garden prior to the Tea, floral arrangements, custom designed invitations & menu cards. Date to be scheduled for a Monday-Thursday afternoon following the building’s completion late summer. Excludes Dec./Jan.

Donated by Jill Wilson and Nadean Lindberg
Value: $2250
Minimum Bid: $1125
Bid Increments: $25

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Bernard Trainor

Bernard Trainor

Bernard Trainor
All photos courtesy of bernardtrainor.com

CARMEL BEACH HOME
Featuring a Stunning Garden designed by Bernard Trainor

Here is a rare opportunity for four couples or a family to spend three nights in this gorgeous oceanfront Carmel home. There are four bedrooms and four baths. One bedroom is a cozy cottage with private bath. This charming abode is surrounded by a gorgeous Bernard Trainor designed garden, which has been featured in Garden Design magazine. The package includes a copy of Trainor’s exquisite book “Landprints.” Dates to be mutually agreed upon with owner.

Donated by Ann & Jon Reynolds
Value: $3000
Minimum Bid: $1500
Bid Increments: $100

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Yoni Mayeri

Yoni Mayeri

Yoni Mayeri
All photos by Yoni Mayeri

iPHONEOGRAPHY INSTRUCTION
Learn to take Professional Photographs with your iPhone Camera

Local photographer, artist and instructor, Yoni Mayeri will provide two hours of private instruction on the use of your iPhone camera. Yoni will make the complicated world of camera & software Apps easier to select and understand. She will have you taking professional quality photos in no time. The package also includes a copy of “iPhone Obsessed” by Dan Marcolina and free enrollment in one of Yoni’s “sold out” workshops at the UC Botanical Garden. Private instruction to be completed by 7/31/14. Workshop to be completed by 12/31/14.

Donated by Yoni Mayeri
Value: $1000
Minimum Bid: $300
Bid Increments: $50

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Map

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 metered 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.

DOWNLOAD Spring Plant Sale Map

Spring 2014 Plant Sale Map

 

Tips

TIPS FOR SUCCESS - DOWNLOAD Plant Sale Survival Guide

  1. Two volunteers at the Fall Plant Sale 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).
  2. 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.
  3. BRING CASH, CHECK or CREDIT CARD: Checks may be made payable to UC REGENTS
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. ASK QUESTIONS: Our expert community of staff and volunteers know everything (…well, almost everything)! Take advantage of this great resource.
  7. 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:

Girl smelling a rose, at the plant sale.

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!

Herbs

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

Raffle

Raffle Prizes


All proceeds benefit the UC Botanical Garden. Cash/checks only. Checks to Berkeley Foundation. Bring your address labels or stamp for your raffle tickets.

12 tickets for $10; 30 tickets for $20

Choose your preferred prize at the Raffle Table. Use all your tickets on one prize or spread them out between our great prizes.

No need to be present to win if you write your phone or email on the ticket. If only the ticket number is drawn you must be present to win. Winners will be posted at the Raffle Table. Prizes may be claimed at the Raffle Table. If we have your phone/email we will contact you following the sale and arrange for you to receive your prize.

1. CREWS FAMILY WINE Two bottles of Nationally Recognized Award Winning Homemade Wine from Orinda, CA

2. BOOK SELECTION from the PHOEBE A. HEARST MUSEUM of ANTHROPOLOGY

3. BEAUTIFUL ORCHID FROM FLORALI

4. CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE THEATER Two Tickets to any upcoming production on a weekday night, with choices through the month of September.

5. LAWRENCE HALL OF SCIENCE-One Family Admission to the Hall. Admits two adults and their children up to 18.

6. POPPIES GALORE-The Garden Shop at UCBG A poppy mug, poppy stationary, and poppy socks all with the UC Botanical Garden’s imprimatur.

7. SOLAR POWERED SMART IRRIGATION CONTROLLER AND ONE HOUR CONSULT WITH IREPCO

8. CHEZ PANISSE Dinner for Two in the Café with a bottle of the house wine.

9. UC BOTANICAL GARDEN FAMILY PLUS MEMBERSHIP Visit over 600 museums and 360 public gardens across the nation for free with your Family Plus Membership

 

 

Sponsors

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2833 Vicente Street
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 661-2204

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Richmond, CA 94804
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Bancroft Catering
2680 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 549-1000

 

JarvisTomei Wines
(510) 965-3167
(510) 965-3308


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