It’s spring gardening season: 12 plant sales to get you digging

Shopping for plants at Descano Gardens.
(Martha Benedict)

It must be spring, because the plant sales are a-blooming! You’ll find something for almost every garden in these upcoming sales that benefit nonprofits and gardening societies and foundations, whether you tend pots on your patio or have a giant vegetable garden in your backyard.

Here are some of our favorites, organized by date. If we missed your favorite, please share it in the comments and it may be included in an upcoming Saturday section.

March 22-24

Orange County Cactus and Succulent Society Spring Sale & Show


Featuring more than 20 cactus and succulent vendors with many rare or unusual varieties. Pots also on sale. Admission and parking is free. 6 to 9 p.m. March 22, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 23 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24. Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 South State College Blvd., Anaheim. (657) 549-0702. .

March 23-24

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale

You’ll find tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables along with herbs, salvias, scented geraniums, flowering plants and fruitless olive trees on the gift shop patio and a used book sale in the Arboretum Library. Tomato talks at 10 a.m. both days. Free with $4-$9 admission to arboretum, members enter free. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

March 24

Theodore Payne Foundation’s Poppy Day Plant Sale

More than 200 varieties of California native plants and seeds. Free admission. Members receive 15% off, nonmembers get 10% off. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley.

South Coast Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale

This annual sale is one of the garden’s biggest fundraisers. Vendors include Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Palos Verdes Begonia Society and South Coast Rose Society. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; members get free early entry from 7 to 9 a.m., 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes.

Many plant sales will feature California natives such as this Eriogonum grande “Red Buckwheat” rubescens at UC Riverside’s Botanic Gardens
(Gina Ferazzi /Los Angeles Times )

March 31-April 30

Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens Spring Native Plant Sale

A month-long sale in the Garden Growers Nursery featuring only California native plants. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with $6-12 admission to gardens, members enter free. 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara. (805) 682-4726, ext. 127.

April 6-8

Tomatomania! @ Descanso Gardens

Tomatomania! @ Descanso Gardens. Select from hundreds of tomato seedlings and a variety of tomato-focused workshops, recipes and demonstrations. Free with $4-$9 admission to the gardens, members enter free. Admission discount and workshop information at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Heirloom tomato plants for sale at Descanso Gardens.
(Martha Benedict )

April 7

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Spring Garden Market & Plant Sale

Offerings include California-friendly plants propagated from the botanic gardens (plant list is online), vegetable plants and herbs grown by the Gro Lab master gardener program and 12 vendors selling Australian, South African, tropical and orchid plants. $5 suggested donation. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Members only 8-10 a.m.) 900 University Avenue, Riverside. (Follow signs to Botanic Gardens.)

Salvia “Hot Lips” sage is one of many varietals propagated by UC Riverside Botanic Gardens for sale during its Spring Garden Market and Plant Sale on April 7.
(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times )

April 7-8

The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society’s 46th Annual Show & Sale

Thousands of cactuses and succulents on sale, including rare, colorful and sculptural varieties. Sale is free with $4-$9 admission to the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. Members enter free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (310) 346-6206.

April 14-15

Southern California Iris Society Spring Iris & Bulb Show & Sale

The Iris Society presents tall bearded, small bearded and aril-bred irises in the Los Angeles County Arboretum’s Ayres Hall. Society members will be on hand to answer questions. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sale is free with $4-$9 admission to Arboretum. Members enter free. 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

April 19-22

Mt. SAC Plant Sale @ Descanso Gardens

Students from the Mt. San Antonio College horticulture program are selling a variety of potted plants. Admission to the sale is free with $4-9 admission to the gardens, members enter free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

April 21-22

Green Scene Plant and Garden Expo

Expo includes specialty plants, artwork and pots, workshops, demonstrations, food and drink. All proceeds support the Fullerton Arboretum. Admission $8, (free to members, children 12 and under). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (members only early entry at 9 a.m. Saturday). Fullerton Arboretum at California State University at Fullerton, 1900 Associated Road at Yorba Linda Boulevard, Fullerton. (657) 278-4010.

April 27-29

Huntington Library Annual Spring Plant Sale

This sale features drought-tolerant Southwestern, California native and Australian plants — including ceanothus, tecoma, manzanita and westringia — as well as cactuses, succulents, tomato and vegetable seedlings, fruit trees and herbs. Sale is free with $13-$29 admission fee to the gardens. Note: April 27 is members only, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 28 is members only 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino.

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