Plant sales are a great way to stock your garden for the spring and summer shade.
Held by local nonprofits like garden clubs and community groups, these annual sales offer great deals on a big variety of plants, from food crops to perennials, shrubs to trees. Many of the plants are propagated by members of the group and some are dug up from their own gardens.
There is something going on every weekend. Here’s a list to clip and save of sales coming up.
Santa Rosa Junior College: Horticulture students propagate the plants for monthly sales. Next up is Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be another sale May 7 at the school’s open house called “Day Under the Oaks,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sales are located in the Lark Hall Greenhouse next to the planetarium.
Willowside School: Students help out in the school’s own nursery, which offers thousands of plants, many donated. Look for low-water and drought-tolerant perennials, California natives, a multitude of succulents, grasses, salvias and plants that attract beneficial insects. They also have a selection of Japanese maples at $25 to $45 per tree. Plants are $4 for a gallon container. Runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22, May 13, June 3 and June 24, 5299 Hall Road, Santa Rosa. 707-569-4724.
Sonoma County Jail Plant Nursery and Teaching Garden: Inmates learn the nursery trade at this working garden. All plants are organically grown. Look for California natives, fruit and ornamental trees, spring vegetable starts, ground covers and succulents. 9 a.m.-noon April 8, May 6, Sept. 9 and Oct. 7.
Harvest for the Hungry Garden: This is one of the most popular plant sales of the season, with more than 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, 50 varieties of peppers, annuals and perennials suitable for Sonoma County, succulents and pollinator plants. They also sell bluebird houses made of old barn wood. This is a good sale to catch if you’re also hitting the Santa Rosa Garden Club’s annual sale on the same day across the street and up the road at the Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center. Arrive early for best selection and to grab a spot in line. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22, behind the Christ Church United Methodist, This community garden provides food for the needy in Sonoma County. 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707-566-7937.
Valley of the Moon Garden Club: Hundreds of 4-inch and 1-gallon pots of vegetables, herbs, perennials, pollinator plants and succulents. There will also be a selection of handmade bluebird hoses made to correct specifications from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. 9 a.m.-noon April 22, rain or shine. Behind the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 707-935-8986.
Green Thumb Garden Club, Cloverdale: Everything at this sale was grown or transplanted form the gardens of club members, including tomato plants, other vegetable starts, succulents, drought-tolerant transplants and a variety of outdoor and house plants. They also have a white elephant table with used gardening finds. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22 in the Ace Hardware parking lot, 750 S. Cloverdale Blvd. Fundraising supports the Veterans Memorial at Cloverdale Cemetery, the Senior Center Meditation Garden and the History Center’s garden.
Men’s Garden Club: Specializes in tomatoes, geraniums, succulents and succulent dish gardens. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. April 21 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22, inside Coddingtown Mall, in front of See’s Candies.