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NewsWatch: 2009: All Star Plants

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[Narrator:] From the University of California at Davis, this is NewsWatch.

[Paul Pfotenhauer:] Experts here at the UC Davis Aboretum have selected 100 All-Stars for you — they're garden plants that do well in the Central Valley even under drought conditions.

[Ellen Zagory, UC Davis Horticulture Director:] you can get some delicious fruit from these plants.

[Paul Pfotenhauer:] The UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery will be have a special day for those wanting to find out more about how to have a vibrant ecological garden.

[Ellen Zagory:] We selected plants that were tough and adaptable that could be grown without a lot of extra water but also if they got put in your lawn they would be able to tolerate that too. In addition, we picked plants that were native that are good pollen and nectar sources and they can provide food for hummingbirds and beneficial insects and butterflies.

[Paul Pfotenhauer:] The plants have been tested for the last three years on the 100-acre UC Davis Arboretum. They have been stressed by heat, cold and varying amounts of water.

[Ellen Zagory:] We also wanted to have plants that people could use that would create a year around garden where something would always be featured.

[Paul Pfotenhauer:] A visit to the demonstration gardens reveals a world of color and fragrance.

[Ellen Zagory:] This is one of the plants that we've selected to be an all star. It is a California native plant with really great fragrance to the foliage. It is important to Native Americans. This one with these gorgeous red flowers is really a good plant to bring hummingbirds.

[Ellen Zagory:] and this is a shrub, germander, it is called, and it has this dark blue flower, which is beautifully highlighted by its silver foliage.

[Paul Pfotenhauer:] More than 10,000 plants will be available to the public at this location, which is adjacent to the UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Paul Pfotenhauer, reporting from Davis.

[Narrator:] For more information please log on to broadcast.ucdavis.edu.
 

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Original Air Date: April 20, 2009    Total Run Time: 00:01:46

Media contact(s):
• Paul Pfotenhauer, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-6397, pepfotenhauer@ucdavis.edu