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Four Season Harvest Workshop!

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds and fruit in this excellent and eye-opening workshop with Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolisowners of the Bay Area landscape design firm Homestead Design Collective and authors of the new book
"Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using Extraordinary Garden Plants”!
Saturday, April 8 at 11:00 am – Day 1 of our Spring Extravaganza!

Movers and shakers in the edibles and floral-design worlds, Stefani and Alethea use many of Annie's plants in their gardens and are experts in growing them beautifully!

We HEART Natives! Scene stealing CA wildflowers make you say YAY!

Our love for glorious California native wildflowers is immeasurable. Right outside our back door resides a diversity of wildflowers unique in all the world. In fact, more varieties dwell in our home state than in ALL OTHER STATES COMBINED and there are over 2000 species that grow here in California and nowhere else! You go, California!

We also love natives because they enrich our local ecology, providing sustenance to bees, butterflies, birds and all manner of pollinators. Most self-sow for successive generations of FREE plants and are generally easy to grow, thriving with little assistance other than decently draining soil and a splash or two of water a week. They've been here much longer than we have, after all!

Join us for our first ever
BUTTERFLY SUMMIT!

Local experts weigh in on the state of butterflies in the Bay Area – find out what you can do to help!

We are thrilled to announce our first ever Butterfly Summit on Saturday, March 25 from 10 am to 3 pm at the nursery! Join us and several of the Bay Area’s leading butterfly experts to find out what we can do to help struggling butterfly populations in the Bay Area, including gardening for native species, creating butterfly corridors and preserving habitat.

Butterflies in urban and suburban areas are now almost entirely dependent on us gardeners. If we want to foster and encourage them, we need to provide the necessary larval and adult resources – and those vary from region to region! Come learn which plants are most likely to attract and sustain butterflies in your area – and how to plant a seasonal succession of blooms. Free and open to all ages! Bring your questions!

Dive in to Delicious Citrus!

How to squeeze the MOST lemons outta life!

Luscious lemons, outrageous oranges and lively limes are yours for the plucking – with great advice from our favorite citrus expert! Join us for an info-packed talk on Saturday, March 11 at 11 am with Ed Laivo of Four Winds Growers, family-owned purveyors of a dizzying array of wonderful dwarf citrus!

RIGHT NOW is when our citrus is in season – and tastes best! So when there are spots on our Meyers or yellow foliage on our trees, we want to know what the problem is and how to fix it. Not to mention, how to get the best flavor and yield from our backyard orchards! Ed will cover all the essential do's and don'ts – including good advice on how to best protect your trees during chilly Winter cold snaps. Plus, he'll answer all of your burning questions about selecting, planting, growing and caring for mature citrus.

Fab FRAGRANT Freesias and Friends!

Whoo-whee are we excited to share these fantastic new Freesias with you! We were positively blown away by their vigor, extended bloom and (yes, we'll say it again) outstanding fragrance in our bulb trials last year. Masses of EXTRA LARGE 2" bodacious blooms appear on branching stems held well above the fresh green sword shaped leaves in Spring. Easy-as-pie to grow, DEER RESISTANT and low-maintenance, just give them very good drainage. They'll spread naturally for a bigger and better show each year – or plant them in a container where you can control the drainage. All bulbs are in active growth in 4" pots when we ship them (unless noted), ensuring they're alive and thriving, ready to be planted when they get to you!

Garden ENLIGHTENMENT with Annie!

Want a bodacious bloom-at-the-same-time Spring garden
but don’t know where to start? We got you, fam.

The road to gardening enlightenment can often be studded with potholes. Pave the way for smooth sailing and learn to garden like a pro from our own gardener-in-chief – Annie herself! – on Sat. Feb. 25 at 11 am!

She'll cover the basics, starting with the all-important condition of your soil, planting the right plants at the right time and all of her favorite tried-and-true plant combinations. Critter control, deadheading and some simple tips for keeping your garden voluptuous are also up for discussion. Whether you're new to the gardening game or a seasoned vet, you’ll walk away with useful tools for making a crazy-beautiful bloom at the same time garden you'll fall in love with! Bring your questions and your enthusiasm – Spring is almost here!

Make Way for Spring Bling! Watch our Spring Slideshow!

Rain, glorious rain! After five years of prolonged drought here in California, the heavens have finally opened and water is falling from the sky! The Sierra snowpack is the largest it's been in 22 years and Northern California reservoirs are full to bursting. We gardeners can finally breathe a sigh of sweet relief (even though we're firm believers that home gardeners are not the problem when it comes to water conservation). So what are we doing, now that buds are breaking and birds are singing? PLANTING, PLANTING, PLANTING for a bloomiferous Spring garden – and taking advantage of Mother Nature's generous watering schedule!

In honor of this momentous time of year - so full of promise and potential! - we've put together an inspirational and uplifting SPRING SLIDESHOW to get you all in the gardening mood! Check out our luscious plant combos and favorite color mash-ups for the new season!

Make Room for Shrooms! Learn how to grow delicious mushrooms in your own home garden with Theresa Halula, Sat. February 11 at 11 am!

Join us for a fun and TOTALLY FREE Mushroom Workshop with horticulturist, permaculture designer and mushroom maven Theresa Halula on Saturday, February 11 at 11 am!

Come discover the fascinating world of fungi - and the important role mushrooms play in our environment! At this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to grow easily recognizable mushrooms in the home garden using methods that are fool-proof even for the novice. Best of all, you don't have to worry about their edibility!

As a wonderful bonus, Theresa will provide the materials you'll need to grow mushrooms on cardboard that can be transplanted into your own garden in a wood-chip bed or onto wood logs. So come on down and bring your questions! She's got answers plus an easy-to-follow handout explaining how to keep your mushrooms going strong once you take them home!

Oh, Sweet Pea! Won't You Dance with Me?
We're planting our favorite old-fashioned, FRAGRANT Sweet Peas right now - and you should, too!

Few flowers dance so charmingly through the garden like old-fashioned Sweet Peas!

Twirling, shimmying and somersaulting amid neighbors and up trellises – our sweetest Sweet Peas are ESSENTIAL to our Spring gardens – providing eye-lifting verticality, a rainbow of long-lasting cheer and perhaps most importantly – that beguiling, instantly recognizable fragrance we all know and love!

Visitors to our nursery in April and May are always astonished at how exuberant and floriferous our Sweet Pea displays are – and want to know how we do it. Lucky for them (and you!) – it couldn't be easier! Just follow our five easy steps for Sweet Pea Success – starting with the easiest and best thing you can do: PLANT NOW!

In Pursuit of Delicious Fruit!
All your Fruit Tree Questions Answered with Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery, Sat. Jan. 28 at 11 am!

No matter what size garden you have,
there's room for at least one fruit tree!

January is the perfect time for us Bay Area gardeners to plant bare-root fruit trees and we are always so happy to welcome back our dedicated and beloved FRUIT TREE GENIUS, Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery on Jan. 28 at 11 am! Whether you have an established backyard orchard, or are planting your first fruit tree, Phil's extensive knowledge, passion and practical advice will get you fired up about growing your own delicious fruit!

Not sure what fruit trees are best suited to your growing zone? Wondering what you should do to make sure your existing trees are in tip-top shape for maximum yield? Phil's got you covered. You'll walk away with everything you need to know about selecting, planting, pruning, protecting your tree and more. Bring your questions!