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We’re terrible house-sitters. It’s not that we’re irresponsible; we just suck at keeping plants alive. Worse yet, we don’t really know what it is we do wrong. It’s gotten so bad that we’re planning to buy a plant just to practice not killing it.

That’s one reason we’re heading to Desert Botanical Garden’s Fall Plant Sale. The annual shindig will feature more than 400 species of desert plants up for grabs. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry; Garden volunteers and horticulturalists will on hand to help you pick the right product and to offer helpful advice on how to avoid murdering it.

The event will also feature a used-book sale, with all proceeds benefiting DBG’s library.

Sat., Oct. 17, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2009