I now have a compact SUV to haul stuff and will be at Balboa Park this Saturday looking for some interesting succulents for the drought tolerant (mostly succulents) test garden built with sub-irrigated planters (SIPs). I believe it is unique and will soon post more about it. There is a Flickr album ready to view.
Note that this sale is a "master gardener" plant sale. Hard to believe but there is nothing about sub-irrigation or "self-watering" in the California Master Gardener Handbook.
A question to ponder:
Will anyone at the sale know about sub-irrigation?
Oh, you mean "self-watering". I have a self-watering bucket.
“We haven’t run across a question that’s stumped us yet,” said Parker. “If we don’t have the answer right then, we’ve got the whole research-based University of California institution behind us to find the answer to any obscure question a gardening enthusiast could come up with.”
I will be carrying my camera and will report back on my experience at the event. Stay tuned.
Thousands of plants, hundreds of varieties, about 150 master gardeners and endless advice – all in one spot this Saturday at the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County’s fall plant sale and open house in Balboa Park.
“It’s an all-in-one shopping and information location for all your gardening needs,” said Scott Parker, master gardener program coordinator for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). The County of San Diego provides support for the local UCCE office which is known as the Farm and Home Advisor.
Your first tip? The event begins at 9 a.m. and you should plan to arrive early.
“We’re going to sell out, so come early,” said Parker. “With the current mindset of people wanting to look at water-wise plants and drought-resistant varieties – those will be some of the first to go.”
The plants for the sale come from two sources. They are either grown by the 300 local master gardeners or donated by local nurseries.
“We have an estimated 30 local nurseries that donate plants in support of our organization,” said Parker. “All the plants we’re selling will be healthy plants that will grow well locally."
Succulents, natives, vegetables, annuals and perennials will all beavailable at less-than-retail prices for the fundraiser. Read more...