Spring Plant Sale takes place May 1 and 2

April 15, 2021


The UCSC Farm & Garden’s annual Spring Plant Sale will feature a variety organic annual vegetable, fruit, flower, and herb seedlings grown at the UCSC Farm.

The Spring Plant Sale will take place in the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn on Saturday, May 1 from 9am to 4pm, with the hours of 9am to noon reserved for current members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, and Sunday, May 2 from 9am to 3pm. Members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden also enjoy 10% off the price of all plants. Find out more about the Friends and how to join.

Plant Sale patrons should plan to park in the Carriage House/Campus Facilities parking lot (lots 115 and 116), across the street from the Hay Barn. Parking will be available in the Hay Barn for those with ADA placards and others needing to be in close proximity to the sale for mobility-related reasons. Find directions to the Hay Barn and lot 116 at casfs.ucsc.edu/visit/directions.html.

For vegetable growers, this year’s sale will feature a selection of two dozen heirloom, slicing, and paste tomato varieties, a wide range of sweet, hot, and specialty peppers, lots of lettuces and salad mixes, including green and red butter, romaine, and specialty types, and Asian greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, summer and winter squashes, pumpkins, leeks, cucumbers, kale, and more. Culinary herbs are also featured at this year’s sale, including fennel, parsley, chives, and perilla.

Flower lovers can choose from an array of annuals perfect for homegrown bouquets and landscape plantings. This year’s offerings include asters, bachelor’s buttons, cosmos, stock, tithonia, zinnias, and sunflower varieties. Also available are particularly water-wise options, including amaranth, three varieties of California poppies, marigolds, statice, strawflowers, and cosmos.

Spring Plant Sale proceeds help support the UCSC Farm & Garden and the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). Patrons will be required to wear face coverings and keep a safe (six foot) distance from others. Because we will be limiting the number of people allowed in the Hay Barn at a time, please plan ahead for what plants you would like to purchase (list of varieties coming soon!) and keep in mind that you may be asked to wait until other patrons have finished shopping before you may enter the facility. Please bring cash or a check as we cannot accept credit cards.

Visit casfs.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/plant-sale.html for more information about the Spring Plant Sale.