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A Rite of Spring

Arboretum Hosts Annual Green Scene April 19-20

April 15, 2008

As Orange County welcomes the spring, the Fullerton Arboretum welcomes the new growing season with its 38th annual Green Scene Plant and Garden Show April 19-20.

The two day event will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days with a special Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum "Members Only" preview sale from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19.

Garden enthusiasts and horticultural experts are invited to grab their wagons to shop for the perfect plant and/or garden accessories, interspersed throughout the Fullerton Arboretum's 26 acres of garden trails. Nearly 100 exhibitors will offer a broad variety of plants ranging from native Australian, South African and Mediterranean and tropical varieties, to cactus and succulents and carnivorous species, as well as garden art and accessories.

New this year will be several varieties of specialty plants available in the Potting Shed for "Butterflies and Hummingbirds." Free seed planting kits and Bug Safari tours for children will be available in the Children's Garden - plus other surprise activities. The Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum, located on the grounds of the Arboretum, will be open during Green Scene, so attendees can visit the current exhibit, "A Determined Lot," which focuses on early Orange County pioneer families and their many contributions to local history.

Visitors wishing to relax and enjoy the serene garden atmosphere can visit the Knowlwood Café and food court for delicious food and refreshing beverages.

This is the only major outdoor sales event in Orange County focused exclusively on plants, garden accessories, and environmental products, plus it is the first major event of its kind during the busy spring season in 2008 for eager shoppers, said Janet McGarvey of the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum.

The focus this year will be on events and activities related to Earth Day, Sunday, April 20, including animal and insect exhibits for children. Also planned are several featured presentations covering various related subjects by expert speakers from all fields, McGarvey added.

The annual event is sponsored in part by Mr. Fertilizer and Knowlwood Restaurants.

Advance tickets are on sale through the Fullerton Arboretum office and the Potting Shed for a special $5 pre-sale price; admission at the door is $6. Members and children under 12 are free.

For more information, go to or call 657-278-3407.

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