Sunday, September 29

Members’ Sale 9 – 10:30 am

Public Sale 10:30 am – 3 pm

  • The Garden will be closed all day Sunday, September 29 except for the sale
  • There is no access to the Garden collections during the Plant Sale
  • Limited parking in the University Garden lot: parking at designated spaces in the Lawrence Hall of Science lot and a free shuttle to the Garden will be available
  • Bring your own box

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Buy rare cycads and palms, carnivorous plants, succulents, subtropicals, houseplants, and a wide selection of drought-tolerant plants from around the world. There is something for everyone at the plant sale!

Great Advice and Guidance

Ask our expert staff and volunteers for horticultural guidance. They’ll be here to answer questions, give advice, and talk all things plants!

Join us for the best plant party in town

Sunday, September 29 | 9 – 10:30 am

Members’ Sale

Members get first pick of plants and access to the Room of Rares! Complimentary refreshments will be served. Non-members who want to attend the Saturday sale can join or renew now and take advantage of year-long benefits. Questions about membership? Call us at 510-643-1924

Please note:  The Members’ Sale is only available to current Garden members or guests who have Plant Sale specific guest passes (a benefit to members at the Family Plus and above levels).

Room of Rares

The Room of Rares, a boutique sale of plants carefully selected by Garden horticulturists, will only be open during the Members’ Sale. The Room of Rares offers rare and unusual plants for enthusiasts and collectors from the UCBG collections, alongside other treasures that are rarely available for sale. Garden staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about these special plants. Quantities are limited.

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Cacti & Succulents

Drimiopsis maculata is a deciduous bulb from South Africa that forms long green leaves with translucent purplish spots. Winter hardy in California, D. maculata will multiply in the garden into clumps that should be divided every few years. A mature plant carries its flower on a tall spike topped with a tight cluster of white buds, earning the name “Little White Soldiers.” Prefers light shade, fast-draining soil, and moderate irrigation.

The bright colors of our Sempervivum heuffelii hybrids make an excellent accent for a rock garden or container. Like other alpine Sempervivum, S. hueffelii grows in spreading clusters and is winter hardy – perfect for a water-wise garden!

Faucaria tigrina, or “tiger’s jaws”, looks like just that with its toothy leaves spread wide. It won’t bite though, and instead blooms with bright yellow flowers that spring up within the open jaws.  This unusual plant forms mounds in the garden and can be divided with care. Or grow it in a container in a sunny windowsill for closer observation.

Sun Perennials

Campanula incurva is a rare and endangered Campanula from Greece and an absolute showstopper in the garden. Giant blue bells decorate our Mediterranean bellflower. It requires little water and is quite easy to grow in the Bay Area. A biennial, it will form a compact rosette the first year, explode with rambling branches of flowers the next, then self-sow for future displays of gorgeousness (never invasive).

Mentha piperita ‘Strawberry’ aka strawberry mint is a favorite of ours, and our customers love it! This easy to grow herb gives a minty-strawberry aroma to lemonade, tea, and other “beverages,” and is handy in cooking, too. The plant has pretty lavender flowers and bees just love it. We like to plant it in a container to discourage its boundless enthusiasm.

With its velvety grey-green leaves and clusters of cheerful pink flowers above the foliage, Pelargonium reniforme is as easy a choice for your Bay Area garden as indicated by the lovely display in our water-wise entry garden. We love being able to share this fantastic South African plant with you.

Trees & Shrubs

Banksia aemula is native to Australian coastal lowlands where it grows to 15’ tall. Expect shorter stature in Bay Area gardens.  Leaves are prominently serrated and flowers are an attractive golden green. Moist, well-drained soil is best but tolerates less-than-perfect drainage. Seeds are protected by woody “clams” when flowers fade.

The Cape Chestnut (not related to the chestnut; actually in the Citrus family) Calodendrum capense is a beautiful small evergreen tree from South Africa.  The pale pink flowers are profuse and attract butterflies. The tree forms a dense, rounded canopy, with dark green elliptical leaves. Established trees are cold hardy, but young plants should be protected from frost.

Unusual, fast growing tree with bright red 5” flowers resembling a clawed hand, Chiranthodendron pentadactylon appears in late spring, early summer. Flowers are followed with distinctive 3-4” long-lobed capsule and accented by large leaves with fuzzy underside. Although this tree is capable of sizable stature it can be pruned to keep it in bounds so that the unique flowers can be enjoyed on a smaller specimen.

Erythrina crista-galli is a stunning deciduous small tree from Brazil with bright red, unusual flowers. Heaviest bloom is in spring with successive bloom periods summer to fall.  Deep furrowed bark with age. One of the hardiest coral trees, it is drought tolerant once established. Prefers full sun.

This rare deciduous shrub Calycanthus chinensis has elegant, spreading branches and big, showy blooms with distinctive inner and outer petals. Large, bright green leaves turn yellow in the fall. Prefers rich, non-alkaline soil and can be pruned from late winter to early spring.

Telanthophora cobanensis is an uncommon but handsome cloud forest evergreen shrub from tropical Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.  While many Telanthophora species are huge, T. cobanensis grows to about 6 feet tall, suitable for the urban garden.  It has radiating spear-shaped leaves, and large clusters of daisy-like blossoms.


Lonicera hispidula (Pink Honeysuckle) is a sprawling vine with pink flowers. This native deciduous plant is resistant to deer and can grow in full sun to shade. It can also tolerate clay soils and drought. The flowers attract hummingbirds and the red berries attract other birds. It can grow on a trellis, but because of its sparse growth habit, it is perhaps better on the ground or growing up through another shrub.

This evergreen rhizomatous perennial, Asarum caudatum (Creeping Wild Ginger), makes a lovely ground cover in part shade or under redwoods.  Its heart shaped bright green leaves smell like ginger when crushed. Unique 1″ reddish-brown flowers hide under the leaves in summer. Deer resistant.

Arctostaphylos manzanita ‘Dr. Hurd’ is a handsome evergreen multi-branched treelike hybrid shrub is one of the faster growing Manzanitas. Its brown-red bark and lovely form make it a prized specimen plant. Showy clusters of white-urn-shaped flowers in winter attract birds, bees and butterflies. Deer resistant.


Lapageria rosea is an evergreen climber (slow growing) bearing waxy pendant flowers in summer through late fall. Flower colors range from white to red. Best with high cool humidity, shaded root well-drained acidic soil with leaf mold. Bait for snails & slugs.

Passiflora ‘Berkeley’ was found by Sally Levinson in Berkeley. It appears to be a hybrid with P. subpeltata parentage. Full/part sun. Regular water & fast draining soil.

Bomarea sp. is a tuberous vine with large clusters of red, orange & yellow flowers at the tips of twining stems. New shoots appear from the ground. Keep roots shaded, top in sun or part shade. Protect from slugs.


Native to southern US, Mexico, Central and South America and known as Zephyranthes candida ‘Rain Lily’, for its habit of flowering after a rainfall. The literal meaning of the name is ‘flower of the western wind’ and comes from the swaying of the flowers on their slender stems in a wind. Does well in containers or rock gardens or in mass plantings. It has been used partially submerged in water gardens. Rain lilies make an easy care groundcover and require little care once established.

Haemanthus humilis is a small perennial bulb with flowerheads of pink umbel like flowers popping up in late summer from underground bulbs. Flowers emerge before the leaves or appear at the same time. Common names are Pink Paint Brush or Rabbit’s Ears in reference to these distinctive traits.

Book Sale on the Plant Deck

In addition to plants, this year’s Fall Plant Sale will also offer gently used, vintage, and rare botanically-related books for sale on the Plant Deck. Prices will range from $1-10. Books will be sorted into these categories: Garden Design, Literature & Biographies, Birds & Animals, Historic Gardens, Flower Arranging, Garden Reference, Vintage, Ethnobotany, Species Specific (i.e., roses, orchids, etc), Regional Guides, Textbooks, and miscellaneous!

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  1. BECOME A MEMBER: Members get in first. If you want first crack at the best plants and you’re not a member, you can become a member at the gate or join now.
  2. MAKE A PLAN: Take a look at our sale map so you know where to head for your favorite plants.
  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 free shuttles running continuously from the upper parking lot at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Look for the umbrella near the upper parking lots–this is where you catch the shuttle.


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.


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.


Check back later!