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Bird Walk Breakfast News Release

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Contact: Katie Shea, 951-784-6962 voice/fax, ucrbg@ucr.edu
01/21/2010: For immediate release

Event:"U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens Bird Walk Breakfasts"

The Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens is offering two guided bird walks in the Gardens. The first will be Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, and the second will be Saturday, May 1, 2010. The walks will start at the front gate at 7:30 a.m. We will bird the gardens for approximately an hour, then have a continental breakfast in Alder Canyon, where we can compose our checklist and talk over our sightings. The mid-February date will give us the opportunity to see the regular winter residents, and possibly an early migrant or two. Different birds are likely to be seen at the spring walk. The walk will be led by Janet Clegg and Norm Ellstrand, both long time birders around Riverside. Admission will be $15 and there is a nominal charge for parking. Reservations are required -- RSVP to the Gardens at ucrbg@ucr.edu or by calling 951-784-6962. We hope you can join us!

The Botanic Gardens cover more than 40 acres and feature nearly 3500 plant species from around the world. Enjoy beautiful vistas and numerous scenic trails, including gentle pathways graded for wheelchair access. A wide array of blooming plants can be seen year around. Get directions by calling or by visiting our website. For freeway map and color brochure, write to Botanic Gardens, Univ. of Calif., Riverside, CA 92521-0124, call 951-784-6962, or email ucrbg@ucr.edu.

In the Garden Class/Tour Series

Spring Class/Tour News Release
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Contact: Nan Simonsen
951-788-5996
Hm2Grdn@aol.com
10/10/2009: For January 2010 Release

Event: "Friends of UCRBG Adult Education Classes for Spring 2010"

The Friends of UCR Botanic Gardens are proud to offer another season of our 'In the Garden' Botanic Garden Class/Tour series. The classes being offered this spring are all back by popular demand. The fee per class is $35 for non-members and $30 for Friends of the Botanic Gardens. Payment is due in advance of each class. Come and learn in these gardens:

Saturday, February 20, 9:30 a.m to 12:00 noon
Hemenway Garden. Visit and learn from the 'Two Worlds' garden of Buck and Yvonne Hemenway, both Master Gardeners, nursery owners, and avid collectors. Their cactus and succulent gardens consists of old world South African, and new world American species, all fascinating, many rare. The Hemenways have traveled twice to South Africa and will share their newest insights into this fascinating area of the world.
Saturday, March 20, 9:30 a.m to 12:00 noon
Maloof Foundation. This garden visit is truly a garden tour. We will meet at the Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, a private foundation and botanic garden in Alta Loma. This diverse water-wise garden is a combination of California Native and Mediterranean plants. Attendees will learn how to create the look of this beautiful garden on any size lot.
Saturday, April 10, 9:30 a.m to 12:00 noon
Eva Mayer Garden. Presenter Eva Mayer will focus on creative garden features in small spaces, offering her Riverside garden as an example. Her small residential lot has many landscape surprises, including wonderful structures, all of which Eva created on a limited budget. She will teach her methods of gardening creatively and inexpensively in a small space. Although water-wise, Eva's garden is graced with a lush romantic and cottage like ambience.
Saturday, May 8, 9:30 a.m to 12:00 noon
"Edible Flowers in Your Garden". After a resounding success of the previous fall version of the class, we are offering a spring sampling of more tasty and colorful recipes using edible flowers. While touring the spectacular garden of Lucy and Frank Heyming in peak season, Master Gardeners Lucy Heyming and Jean Weiss will explain growing and eating all the edible flowers that enhance the design. You will then enjoy a luncheon buffet of delicious appetizers, salads and desserts while sipping lavender lemonade. All recipes will be provided at this unique culinary event.

The class fee is $35 for non-members and $30 for Friends of the Botanic Gardens members. Payment is due in advance of class. To register, send checks made payable to UC Regents to Nan Simonsen, 3920 Ramona Dr., Riverside, CA 92506. Please include your phone and e-mail with your registration check. For more information contact Nan at the above address or (951) 788-5996 or Hm2grdn@aol.com.

Spring Plant Sale News

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Contact: Steve Morgan or Katie Shea
951-784-6962 voice/fax
e-mail: ucrbg@ucr.edu
11/10/2009: For Spring 2010 release

Event: "U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens Spring Plant Sale"

It's spring and it's time for the 37th annual U.C. RIVERSIDE BOTANIC GARDENS SPRING PLANT SALE. The sale will take place beginning Saturday, March 27, 2010 from noon to 5 p.m. and will continue Sunday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You won't want to miss it!

There will be nearly 10,000 plants, including many rare and unusual varieties, as well as old favorites. Choose from colorful, heat-loving trees and shrubs, flowering perennials, miniature roses, many rare cacti and other succulents, lots of herbs, patio and houseplants, wildflower seeds and much more. A special selection of showy, water-efficient, heat-loving and California native plants selected for spring planting will also be available. UCR Botanic Gardens T-shirts, sweatshirts and the full color Subtropical Trees of California and Hummingbird Garden posters, and Armadillo Arm Protectors will be for sale.

Most of the plants for sale will have a detailed information sign and color photo to help you make your selections. U.C. Master Gardeners, Gardens' staff and Volunteers will be available to answer your questions. There will be a Preview Plant Sale for Members of the Friends of UCR Botanic Gardens. For more information on the sale, or on joining the "Friends", please contact Steve Morgan at the Botanic Gardens at 951-784-6962, e-mail ucrbg@ucr.edu or write to the address listed below.

The Botanic Gardens cover 40 acres and feature more than 3500 plant species from around the world. Enjoy beautiful vistas and numerous scenic trails, including gentle pathways graded for wheelchair access. A wide array of blooming plants can be seen year around. With local freeway construction occurring, be sure to verify current directions by calling or visiting our website as the sale date approaches. Parking for the sale is free. Regular visitor parking is 25 cents an hour. For freeway map and color brochure, write to Botanic Gardens, Univ. of Calif., Riverside, CA 92521-0124, call 951-784-6962, or email ucrbg@ucr.edu.

Click here for a partial list of plants that were available at the spring sale for 2009, just to give you an idea of the selection. The actual list will appear as the sale date approaches.

Primavera in the Gardens News Release

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Contact: Siri Khalsa, 951-784-4954, Katie Shea, 951-784-6962
ucrbg@ucr.edu
07/10/2009: For March/April 2010 Release

Event: "Primavera in the Gardens"

The 12th Annual PRIMAVERA IN THE GARDENS is coming! Riverside's premier wine and food tasting event takes place on Sunday, May 16th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the UCR Botanic Gardens. Nearly 500 people attended in 2009. Tickets to the fund raiser are $50 per person by reservation and $60 at the gate. For additional information, call 951-784-6962.

Imagine yourself in an idyllic garden setting - strolling down verdant pathways, nibbling delicious appetizers; sitting under tall shade trees tasting terrific regional wines; all the while the dappled sunlight warms your face and kisses the colorful spring blooms. You are surrounded by the murmurs of pleasant conversation and happy laughter and the soft sounds of live music, this year highlighted by the band, Incendio. This is PRIMAVERA IN THE GARDENS!

Tantalizing appetizers are provided by wonderful restaurants and caterers from all over Riverside. Primavera 2009 included Cafe Sevilla, Ciao Bella, Cuban Café, Gerard's Eve Bistro, Gra-Pow, Jammin' Bread, Mario's Place, Olio's at the Marriott, Omakase, Saffron at the Riverside Art Museum, Simple Simon's, Smokey Canyon BBQ, The Cooking Store, The Tamale Factory, Tin Lizzy's Cookie Factory, UCR Dining Services and Coffee Roasters. Wines are proffered by regional vineyards and wineries, and in 2009 included BevMo! Corona, Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Canyon Crest Winery, Falkner Winery, Galleano, Hart Winery, Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyard, Keyways Vineyard & Winery, Lorenzi's, Oak Mt. Winery, and South Coast Winery and Resort, as well as beers from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Inland Empire Brewery.

In addition, there will be the excitement of a Silent Auction, featuring dozens of garden-related items.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Botanic Gardens' many deserving projects, including hosting thousands of touring school children each year. To receive advance tickets, reservations should be postmarked by May 7. Make checks payable to UCR Foundation and send to Primavera, Botanic Gardens University of California, 92521-0124. For more information, call 951-784-6962, e-mail ucrbg@ucr.edu.

The Botanic Gardens cover nearly 40 acres and feature more than 3500 plant species from around the world. Every year, we host some 50,000 visitors, including 5000 school children. Everybody enjoys the beautiful vistas and numerous scenic pathways, many gently graded for wheelchair access. To reach the Gardens, get directions by calling 951-784-6962 or view our map.

Fall Plant Sale News Release

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Contact: Steve Morgan or Katie Shea
951-784-6962 voice/fax
smorgan@ucr.edu, ucrbg@ucr.edu
01/28/2010: For Summer/Fall 2010 Release

Event: "Friends of UCR Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale"

Don't miss the 28th annual Friends of U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale coming just in time for the fall planting season. The sale will take place Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will continue Sunday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Take advantage of our cool fall weather. Plants established during fall and winter grow faster in spring and require less water next summer. You'll find plenty of plants to choose from at the Friends of UCR Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale. There will be nearly 10,000 plants, including many rare and unusual varieties, as well as some old favorites. Choose from colorful, heat-loving trees and shrubs, flowering perennials, miniature roses, rare cacti and other succulents, lots of herbs, patio and houseplants, orchids, wildflower seeds and much more. A special selection of showy, water-efficient and California native plants will also be available for the fall planting season. Botanic Gardens T-shirts, the full color Subtropical Trees of California and Hummingbird Garden posters will be for sale. If the crop is good, there will be a selection of pumpkins from Sims Tree Learning Center available, as well.

Most of the plants for sale will have a detailed information sign and color photo to help you make your selections. U.C. Master Gardeners, Gardens' staff and Volunteers will be available to answer your questions. There will be a Preview Plant Sale for Members of the Friends of UCR Botanic Gardens. For more information on the sale or on joining the "Friends", please contact Steve Morgan at the Botanic Gardens at 951-784-6962, e-mail ucrbg@ucr.edu, visit our website at www.gardens.ucr.edu or write to the address listed below.

The Botanic Gardens cover more than 40 acres and feature nearly 3500 plant species from around the world. Enjoy beautiful vistas and numerous scenic trails, including gentle pathways graded for wheelchair access. A wide array of blooming plants can be seen year around. With local freeway construction occurring, be sure to verify current directions by calling or by visiting our website as the date approaches. Parking for the sale is free; regular visitor parking is 25 cents an hour. For freeway map and color brochure, write to Botanic Gardens, Univ. of Calif., Riverside, CA 92521-0124, call 951-784-6962, or email ucrbg@ucr.edu.

Click here for the list of plants that were available for the Fall 2008 sale, just to give you an idea of the selection. The actual list will appear as the sale date approaches.

Rose Pruning Demonstration News Release

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Contact: Steve Morgan or Katie Shea
951-784-6962, ucrbg@ucr.edu
01/28/2010: For December 2010/January 2011 Release

Event: "UCR Botanic Gardens Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration"

The public is invited to the U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens to attend the Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration. The demonstration is scheduled for Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Rose Garden. (In case of rain on January 16, the demonstration will be postponed to the following Sunday, January 23). Botanic Gardens Volunteers and local experts will demonstrate how to prune hybrid tea, floribunda, miniature roses and climbers. Door prizes will be awarded to selected attendees.

Started in 1975, the Gardens' rose collection boasts more than 300 rose bushes of various types from around the world, some dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, making it one of the most comprehensive public displays of roses in the Inland Empire. All of the roses growing in the lower garden are award-winners.

An all-volunteer group of rose lovers works to maintain the health and beauty of the Rose Garden for the public's enjoyment. Persons interested in taking part in this community service should contact Steve Morgan at 951-784-6962 or e-mail ucrbg@ucr.edu.

The Botanic Gardens cover more than 40 acres and feature nearly 3500 plant species from around the world. Enjoy beautiful vistas and numerous scenic trails, including gentle pathways graded for wheelchair access. A wide array of blooming plants can be seen year around. With local freeway construction occurring, be sure to verify current directions by calling or visiting our website as the date approaches. Visitor parking is 25 cents an hour; overflow parking may be more. The demonstration is free but donations are always gladly accepted. For freeway map and color brochure, write to Botanic Gardens, Univ. of Calif., Riverside, CA 92521-0124, call 951-784-6962, or email ucrbg@ucr.edu.

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