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Natives to the Rescue!

Problem-solving natives for tricky garden situations with Designer Pete Veilleux on Saturday, March 17!

Every garden has its challenges - that's part of the fun!

Here to help us with tackling tricky landscaping situations and even more importantly – how to fix them! – is Oakland garden designer and CA natives expert Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds native plant nursery on Saturday, March 17 at 11 am!

Whether you're a new gardener planning your first native garden or a seasoned vet, Pete will help you size up your space – from observing special conditions and needs to choosing and placing ever-important focal points and purchasing the right number of plants and how to use them to best effect. He'll share the best CA natives for screening out unsightly views, softening corners, adding color to deep shade and how to garden under oaks and other trees. So much good info, and it's all free!

Can't Go Wrong Combos!

Tried and True Plant Combos That'll Work Harder ThanYou Do!

Bloom-at-the-Same-Time Combos that work hard for the money!

One of the #1 things people ask for when they come into the nursery is help choosing pretty plant combinations. They see our demo gardens all a'bloom and want to know how they can make that same magic happen in their home gardens. Well, the secret is pretty simple – choose compatible plants that grow and bloom at the same time! You can totally do it and we're here to help!

Check out our VIDEO spotlighting some of our favorite dream-team combinations. So many of these wonderful CA natives and Mediterranean annuals self-sow, which means you'll enjoy repeat performances next Spring and beyond!

Native Bees Need You!

FREE TALK with Dr. Gordon Frankie of U.C. Berkeley's Urban Bee Lab, Saturday March 3 at 11 am!

Did you know we have more than 1600 species of bees native to California?

We don’t often notice our native bees (some are so tiny!) unless we're looking for them. Unlike their better known and more social cousins - honeybees - more than 95% of native bees live a solitary lifestyle, foraging and nesting on their own. Come expand your bee vocabulary with native bee expert and crusader Dr. Gordon Frankie and his team of researchers from U.C Berkeley’s Urban Bee Lab on Saturday, March 3 at 11 am!

Dr. Frankie has been documenting bee diversity and frequency on wild California native plants since 1987 and his research has been eye opening! Learn to recognize some of our native species and find out their favorite pollen and nectar rich plants!


Spring inspiration starts NOW with our
Spectacular Spring Slideshow!

Greetings garden friends! The days we Western gardeners look forward to all year-long are finally upon us! Sunny skies, longer days and the sweet sound of birdsong can only mean one thing – SPRING!!

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 in the gardening mood. Cruise ahead of the gardening curve with the most luscious plant combos and color schemes for the new season!

Grow Your Own Mushrooms!

FREE Mushroom Workshop with Theresa Halula Saturday, February 17 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 17 at 11 am!

Discover the fascinating world of fungi – by learning 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!


Va-Va-Voom - Make Some Room!

Our 2017 plant trials are complete! We've weighed and measured the new recruits and the few that did survive the gauntlet of our expectations are starting to roll out! Here are just a handful of the beauties that blew us away in 2017 – with more to come! Grab them while you can, some are limited or only available once a year!

Become A Rose Expert - in Just One Class!

Horticulturalist and Rose Whiz Cristin Fusano leads the way on February 3 at 11 am!

Romantic roses give so much for so little effort. Loyal and stalwart, never fair-weather or flighty; the best roses don't hog our resources or demand too much of our time. So when it comes to their care and feeding, we owe it to them to get it right!

Enter Cristin Fusano – a rose expert with over 35 years of experience! Cristin returns to the nursery on Saturday, February 3 at 11 am for a rosarian cram session that not only covers the theory behind Winter rose pruning, but tells us exactly where to cut and why. She'll bust myths and build your knowledge on watering, feeding, grooming and pest control – ie: everything you need to grow strong, healthy bushes that produce beautiful blooms and vigorous canes.

Freesia Your Mind -
and Your Garden will Follow!

Our Most Popular Fragrant Freesias -
Available Now as Bare-root Bulbs!

Don't be surprised if neighbors follow their noses to your garden, wondering where that delicious fragrance is coming from!

We're excited to share our collection of fantastic Freesias with you – as bare-root bulbs!

Easy-as-pie to grow, DEER RESISTANT and low-maintenance, masses of bodacious blooms appear on branching stems held well above the fresh green sword shaped leaves. Now is a great time to plant Freesias (USDA zones 8, 9 and 10) for Spring bloom, just give them very good drainage and they'll reward you by spreading naturally for a bigger and better show each year (or plant them in a container where you can control the drainage).


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. 20 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!

We've just received our order of bare-root trees from Dave Wilson and they're ready to plant! 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!

The BUCK Stops Here!

Outsmart Hungry Deer with Deer Resistant Plants!

If you have deer problems, then you already know they will try almost ANYTHING. There's a lot of taste testing (and plant trampling) going on when they're determining whether something is browse-worthy.But take heart, deer gardeners – our list of plants that deer find disagreeable is long and varied! Shade or sun, hot or cold climate, average or low water, there are almost 300 varieties to choose from that are available RIGHT NOW!

Since so many of our plants are rare and/or new to cultivation and may have never even MET deer before, here are some solid guidelines that can help you figure out if a plant is prime snacking material: