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Annual Fall Plant Sale at SBBG

The Early Bird Gets the Best Selection!
SBBG Home to the Largest Native Plant Sale between LA and San Francisco
SBBG Fall Plant Sale: September 29th through November 4th, 2012

image of SBBG Fall Plant Sale in the Garden Courtyard, photo by Tricia Wardlaw

September 4, 2012

Joni Kelly, SBBG Communications Manager

The Early Bird Gets the Best Selection!
SBBG Home to the Largest Native Plant Sale between LA and San Francisco

Santa Barbara, CA – September 4, 2012

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Fall Plant Sale begins the last weekend of September just in time for the fall planting season. Start October off with plants already in the ground and waiting for the rain. Now is the time to plant so that your Garden will be blooming next spring!

The Garden’s month-long sales event begins Saturday morning, September 29th at 10 am with an exclusive opening for Garden members. All members enter free and receive their 10% discount on purchases. At noon, the public is welcome to shop. The sale continues through Wednesday, Oct. 31, with multiple deliveries throughout the month, ensuring a vast selection. More than 5,000 plants and over 400 different varieties will be presented in this, the largest retail collection of native Californian plants on the Central Coast.

“Part of our mission at the Garden is to help spread the word about the benefits of planting native plants, and to bring these increasingly rare plants to the general public to put into their own gardens,” said Bruce Reed, SBBG’s Nursery Manager. “Our Fall Plant Sale provides the community with the opportunity to discover these plants and to bring them home.”

One of this year’s featured hard-to-find species is woolly blue curls (Trichostemma lanatum). This beautiful and fragrant plant has been absent from the retail trade for the last three years and a very limited quantity will be available at the Fall Plant Sale. Quite happy on the ridgeline of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the woolly blue curls species is more common in the interior mountains. Its rosemary-like foliage smells very much like rosemary, but more intense. Its stalks of small flowers are a rich, velvety blue with purple highlights. Only a handful of plants will be available, so come early. There will be a limit of three woolly blue curls per customer. This restriction will be lifted after opening weekend.

Come and enjoy shopping throughout the month of October as the Garden’s courtyard is transformed into a botanical wonderland stocked with fascinating plants from growers across the state, and many grown right here at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. As always, Garden staff and volunteers are available to provide expert planting advice ~ free of charge.

From Abutilon to Zauschneria, visitors can find a wealth of California’s native flora in one place. All proceeds from this plant sale support the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden general fund.

To arrange an interview or request broadcast quality B-roll or high-res photos, please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132 or via cell at 805-886-1869.

The Garden’s Fall Plant Sale is generously sponsored by S & S Seeds, Inc., Corbu Construction, El Nativo Growers, MarBorg Industries, City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program, KEYT-TV, and Santa Barbara News-Press.

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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden:
The Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among of the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

To arrange an interview or to request high-resolution photos, please contact

Joni Kelly
Communications Manager
office: (805) 682-4726 ext. 132
email: jkelly@sbbg.org