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How to Cope with a Slope - Redux!

Strategies for Gardening on Hillsides with Horticulturalist Ellyn Shea on August 31 at 11 am!

The Bay Area is full of hills, but don’t let the steep slope of your yard scare you away from creating a beautiful garden!

Hillsides are a challenge, whether they're dry or irrigated, sunny or shady – which is why we invited Ellyn back for another installment of How to Cope with a Slope on Saturday, August 31 at 11 am! A consulting horticulturalist and certified arborist, Ellyn will share strategies for gardening on slopes so you can enjoy a beautiful and productive garden without wasting water or losing soil!

Kiss Your Grass Goodbye!

Kick your lawn to the curb with Landscape Architect & Author Sarah Sutton on Saturday, August 17 at 11 am!

From Turf to Terrific!

Join us on Saturday, August 17 at 11 am for a liberating talk by Sarah Sutton, Landscape Architect and author of the excellent book, "The New American Front Yard: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye."

Delicious Citrus!

Squeeze the most lemons out of life with Aaron Dillon of Four Winds Growers on Sat. August 3 at 11 am!

Luscious lemons, outrageous oranges and lively limes are yours for the plucking – with great advice from Aaron Dillon, fourth generation owner of Four Winds Growers on Saturday, August 3 at 11 am!

Wacky Agastache!

Birds and Bees Go Wild for Hummingbird Mint!

Ahh, the virtues of the genus Agastache are as long and as varied as the myriad ways we have of pronouncing its name! But whether you say "Aga-STAK-ee" or "A-GAS-ta-key" (heck, you can even call it Aga-STASH and we won't blink), there's a "Hummingbird Mint" for you!

Highly Successful Succulents!

Mix Succulents with Mediterranean beauties with Marlene Simon on Saturday, July 20 at 11 am!

We're excited to welcome Marlene Simon, horticulturalist with the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, on Saturday, July 20 at 11 am! Marlene will share tips on the art of growing succulents – in containers and in the ground – alongside some of our favorite low-water Mediterranean climate annuals and perennials!

Propagation 101!

Learn the art of FREE PLANTS with propagation expert Susan Ashley on Saturday, July 6 at 11 am!

Come learn how to propagate your own menagerie of plants using a variety of tried and true methods with expert Susan Ashley on Saturday, July 6 at 11 am!

A longtime horticulture instructor with Merritt and Diablo Valley Colleges, Susan will show you how to propagate plants by cuttings, divisions, layering and stooling. Not only will you enhance your garden, you'll save money and have plenty to share with friends, too!

Sky-High Hollyhocks!

Towering up to 8' tall, these blousy-bloomed beauties are true cottage garden essentials! We use them extensively in our display beds and sample pots for their valuable verticality and massive blooms on multiple strongly erect flower spikes never fail to steal the show! All of our varieties are rust resistant and most are true perennials (not biennials), living five years or more and flowering extravagantly Summer thru Fall!

Soil is NOT a Dirty Word!

Understanding and improving soil health with Horticulturalist Ellyn Shea on June 22 at 11 am!


Grow healthier plants and use water more efficiently – no science degree necessary!

Come learn how to improve the tilth of your garden soil and grow a healthier garden with our favorite horticulturalist, arborist and gardener Ellyn Sheaon June 22 at 11am!

Sunflower POWER!

Right now is the perfect time to plant the quintessential bloom of Summer – the Sunflower! We plant them here in our gardens all Summer long – all the way until late-August – for an extended engagement of outrageous blooms to September and beyond!

We grow well over a dozen of THE BEST unusual and heirloom varieties – most of which are multi-branching for bigger, stronger plants and yielding a bounty of blooms, excellent for cutting. These bodacious beauties also provide a motherlode of nectar and pollen for bees of all kinds, and a nutritious food source for birds in the Fall.

Making Every Drop Count!

Every decision we make in landscaping our gardens affects our water consumption – and here in parched California, every drop counts!

Come learn tips and techniques for efficient landscape watering with Tom Bressan, founder of The Urban Farmer Store on June 8 at 11 am! He'll cover how to plant well, how to consider your layout, and how to select the best, most appropriate delivery system for your needs. The importance of conserving and reusing greywater will also be discussed!