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FROM THE MASTER GARDENERS: Upcoming Plant Sale at Balboa Park

Hundreds of Gardener-grown Plants Available Plus Live Demonstrations

San Diego County Master Gardeners Host Plant Sale at Balboa Park

San Diego, Calif. – The UCCE Master Gardener Program of San Diego County will once again offer to the public a variety of plants at affordable prices as part of its upcoming Plant Sale. The event is free to attend and takes place on Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Balboa Park’s Casa Del Prado. A large variety of drought tolerant succulents will be available in addition to unique houseplants and exotic edibles, such as dragon fruit starters.

The event returns after a several-year hiatus and features popular demonstrations on flower arranging, how to propagate from your own plant cuttings and composting. A large supply of garden art and handmade bird houses showcasing a variety of themes will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale will benefit community activities that volunteer Master Gardeners participate in, ranging from school garden projects and sensory experience gardening throughout San Diego County.

Certified Master Gardeners will be on-hand to answer gardening questions with specific advice for our local habitat. A booth dedicated to establishing Earth-Friendly Gardens will be available to help home gardeners adopt sustainable landscaping practices that are not harmful to humans, native plants, animals, or the overall environment. Interrelated principles including soil nurturement, responsible pest management, wildlife protection, water and energy conservation, waste reduction and the ability to grow healthy food are included in the program.

Exhibits and Demonstrations

  • Fall Planting - Veggies, Herbs, Fruit Trees

  • Gardens in the Community

  • Certify your Garden as "Earth Friendly"

  • New Irrigation Techniques

  • "Ask a Master Gardener" Consultants

  • How to Compost

Good Bugs/Bad Bugs

  • Children’s Bean Planting Booth

  • Monarch Butterflies

  • Milkweed

  • Flower Arranging Class

  • School Gardens

Plant Sale

  • Drought Tolerant Plants

  • California Natives

  • Flowers

  • Succulents & Succulent Cutting Bags

  • Orchids

  • Cool Season Vegetables


  • Birdhouses

  • Succulent Planted Pumpkins

  • Garden Art

  • Used Books

  • Green Elephant Sale

  • FREE Garden Tool Sharpening **

** One hand pruner per person, with a 2-inch blade or smaller, will be cleaned and sharpened for free. Pruner must be in good working condition.


For more details on how you can establish or certify your own earth-friendly garden, go to


The Master Gardener Association of San Diego County is a non-profit organization which supports educational outreach services including community, school and demonstration gardens and specific programs to help change the way San Diego gardens. A free gardening hotline staffed by Master Gardeners is available at (858) 822-6910. The University of California Master Gardener Program extends to the public research- based information about home horticulture and pest management. Master Gardeners are selected and trained by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) to volunteer in the community, educating home gardeners on tested gardening methods. The UCCE San Diego County Master Gardener Program was formed in 1983 and has over 350 active volunteers who donate thousands of volunteer hours to the community each year.


About the Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Association of San Diego County supports the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of San Diego County. The University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) prohibits discrimination or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities (Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at 107778.doc ) Inquiries regarding ANR’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to Linda Marie Manton, Affirmative Action Contact, University of California, Davis, Agriculture and Natural Resources, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, (530) 752-0495. UCCE MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM of SAN DIEGO COUNTY

University of California Cooperative Extension 9335 Hazard Way Suite 201, San Diego CA 92123 (858) 822-6910


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