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Plant Perennials & Biennials Pronto!

We're getting a jump on Spring – you can, too!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program of gorgeous gardens in bloom to show you what our demonstration beds REALLY look like this time of year. Annuals – done for the season – have been ripped out, perennials have been cut back and the beds have been top-dressed with a fluffy and nourishing 1" layer of organic grapeseed compost. Maybe it isn't glamorous now, but it will be come Spring! So what's next? Why, the fun part!

MEGA Bulb Bonanza!

Smart gardeners plant bare-root bulbs in Fall!

Our hand-picked selection of Spring blooming bulbs are here! And planting these bodacious bulbs in the Fall is a super-duper value, seasonally appropriate and EASY as pie!

Free(sia) Love!

Our most popular bare-root bulbs are ready!

It's that time of year folks! Our fab collection of first-class Freesias are ready for you – as bare-root bulbs!

Easy to grow, DEER RESISTANT and low-maintenance, masses of bodacious blooms appear on branching stems held well above the fresh green sword shaped leaves. At 10 bulbs per bag (depending on variety), they're super economical, too!

Grow Unusual Fruit!

With horticulturalist & CRFG expert John Valenzuela on Saturday, October 26 at 11 am!

Asian Pears? Chilean Guava? Jujubes? Many varieties of unusual fruit are perfectly adapted to the Bay Area! Come learn what they are and how to grow them with horticulturalist and educator John Valenzuela of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens on Sat. October 26 at 11 am!

Winter (Blooming) Wonderland!

What to plant right now for a Winter bloom-athon!

Here in coastal California, FALL is the BEST and most horticulturally correct time to plant! Why? Because our rainy season is almost upon us and during our mild Winters temperatures rarely go below freezing.

Don't Be Afraid of the Shade!

Dry Shade gardens can be beautiful – Earl Nickel tells us how Sat., October 12 at 11 am!

Take your dry shade situation from dire to inspired! Every gardener who's battled this silent killer knows the feeling of frustration and futility of dealing with two of nature's most unfriendly environments.

Magic Spring Garden Mojo Starts Now!

Annie Shows You How – Sat, Sept. 28 at 11 am!

Want to know what we do here at the nursery to get our gardens in tip-top shape for maximum magic? Want to know what to plant right now? How about a preview of some of the neatest plants we've grown this year? Be here and behold – Annie will share all this and more at our FABULOUS FALL PLANTING PARTY!

Join in the FALL PARTY FUN
Sept. 28 & 29, 10am-4pm!

It's our favorite time of year to plant AND a great time to start planning your Spring garden!

We've got a huge selection of CA native wildflowers, drought tolerant perennials, hardy annuals, Winter veggies, plant-now-for-Spring-bloomers, succulents, Winter bloomers and more!

Garden for Life!

Learn to garden smarter, not harder with adaptive gardening expert Toni Gattone on Sept. 14 at 11 am!

Raise your hand if you've ever walked out into the garden to "just pull a few weeds" and a couple hours later, found yourself so stiff and sore you could barely crawl out? It happens to every gardener – that moment when you realize you have a "new normal" of what you can comfortably or safely do in your garden.

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!