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Water-wise plants take center stage at Central Park Gardens sale

By From page C3 | October 25, 2013

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California poppies and blue-eyed grass burst with flowers in the spring. Seeds and plants of these drought-tolerant beauties will be available at the Central Park Gardens open house and plant sale Saturday. Emily Griswold/Courtesy photo

Central Park Gardens will celebrate seven years of volunteer-led garden improvements at its annual open house and plant sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardener volunteers and members of the gardens’ steering committee will answer questions and sell plants in five of the seven demonstration gardens, at Third and B streets in Davis’ Central Park just west of the Farmers Market.

Water-wise plants and techniques will be a special focus of the event this year with an information booth focused on drip irrigation, and a broad selection of drought-tolerant succulents, grasses, bulbs, natives and perennials for sale. Planting in the fall reduces the need for irrigation by taking advantage of cool temperatures and winter rainfall to get new plants established.

Information also will be available on lawn removal and replacement alternatives. Central Park Gardens volunteers have renovated the garden’s central meadow over the past year and will have advice to share on meadow planting and management.

Many of the beautiful, drought-tolerant plants that are thriving in the meadow will be available for sale, including Siskiyou blue fescue, blue-eyed grass, eyelash grass, Argentine rain lilies and island pink yarrow.

The plant sale also will include a variety of fall vegetables, edible flowers and herbs, and all proceeds from the event will provide funds to benefit garden maintenance. Other open house event features include Master Gardener information booths with practical gardening advice, information about least toxic pest control from the city of Davis, and free wildflower seeds.

For more information and a full list of plants for sale, visit www.centralparkgardens.org.

Enterprise staff

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