Nearly 10,000 plants and more than 600 varieties, including many rare and unusual ones, will be available. There will be colorful, heat-loving trees and shrubs, flowering perennials, miniature roses, many rare cacti and other succulents, herbs, patio and houseplants, vegetables, wildflower seeds and more. A special selection of showy, water-efficient, heat-loving and California native plants selected for spring planting will also be available.
Each variety will have a detailed information sign that will provide a color photo along with information about the plant’s watering needs, flowering color, height and how well it tolerates varying levels of sun and shade.
More than 25 types of heirloom tomatoes will be for sale April 5 and 6 at UC Riverside.
Master gardeners will also be selling more than 25 types of organically grown, heirloom tomatoes, hot, mild, and sweet peppers, squash, cucumbers, and other vegetables, herbs and beneficial flowers. Single pots will sell for $2.50 and six packs will sell for $4.
Also, several free educational programs are scheduled:
Saturday, April 5, 11:30 a.m. “Growing Great Tomatoes!”Presented by Kathy Swanson, a master gardener, who will demonstrate planting techniques, support systems, and water requirements for growing great tomatoes.
Saturday, April 5, 1 p.m. “UC Verde Buffalo Grass — the ‘Greener’ Lawn; Less Water, Less Mowing.” Presented by James Baird, a turfgrass extension specialist in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside.
Sunday, April 6th, noon and 1:30 p.m. “Kids: Hands-On Project — “It’s Tomato Planting Time!” Learn to plant and take care of a tomato plant, make a garden marker and transplant your own tomato plant to take home. For children 5 years and up with a parent in attendance. Please pick up a ticket at the gate or from a docent at the classroom. The workshop is limited to the first 30 children.
The Botanic Gardens cover more than 40 acres and feature nearly 3,000 plant species from around the world. Enjoy beautiful vistas and numerous scenic trails, including gentle pathways graded for wheelchair access. A wide array of blooming plants can be seen year around.