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Monarch Mysteries! Learn the secrets of Metamorphosis with Mia Monroe of Xerces Society, Sunday, April 10 at 11:00!

We are thrilled to welcome butterfly expert Mia Monroe, Site Supervisor of Muir Woods in Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Xerces Society volunteer on Sunday, April 10 at 11 am for the second day of our SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA!

Come learn the secrets to the monarch mysteries of metamorphosis, migration and the meta-importance of Milkweed – their sole host plant! You don't have to have a big garden to make a difference, just a few Learn how to not only bring the magic of monarchs into your lives – and your gardens – but also how to help this beautiful butterfly have a better future.

BEE FRIENDLY! Give BEES a chance with gardens that nurture and sustain! Designer and Author Kate Frey, Saturday, April 9 at 11 am!

We are thrilled to welcome back the fabulous and talented Kate Frey, author and top notch garden designer (two-time Chelsey Garden Show gold medal winner!), for a stellar talk about one of her most passionate subjects: Gardening for bees! Saturday, April 9 at 11:00 am - Day 1 of our Spring Extravaganza!

As bees the world over are struggling, it's more important than ever to plant bee-friendly gardens. For flower floozies like us, it's easy - so many of the same flowers that offer pollen and nectar sources to bees make US happy, too! And for fruit and vegetable gardeners, inviting nature's most productive pollinator into the yard can provide an impressive increase in yields and better-tasting produce.

Make Room for the Shroom! Learn how to Grow Delicious Mushrooms with Theresa Halula, Sat. March 26 at 11 am!

Join us for a fun and totally free Mushroom Workshop with horticulturist, permaculture designer and mushroom maven Theresa Halula on Saturday, March 26 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!

One and ONLY crop of EPIC Epiphyllums is ready!

Have we got a treat for you, gardening amigos! Our crack team of propagators has been on a secret mission over the last year and a half to build up stock of AS MANY of our ginormous-flowering Epiphyllums as possible. A daunting task for sure, since motherstock was limited and these babies like to take their time to root. So we are extra thrilled to announce (drumrolllll please!) that for the first time in nearly FOUR YEARS - our mighty foursome of peppy Epis are ready!

The embodiment of floriferousness, these crazy-cool cacti from Central and South America produce ENORMOUS and sumptuous blooms the size of your head. Really! With blooms easily reaching 10-14" across, at first glance, they look like massive Christmas Cacti. Surprisingly carefree, give them average to low water in loose draining soil and protect from frost - that's it! Best planted in a container that gives their long, flattened, evergreen, succulent branches room to dangle, be it a hanging basket or a pot. And fabulous news, cold-weather brethren - they make excellent, low-care housplants!

Go Wild for Wildflowers!

We are thrilled to welcome lifelong plant enthusiast, botanist, professor of horticulture, author and all-around CA natives expert Glenn Keator to the nursery on Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 am!

Glenn is a walking encyclopedia of native plant knowledge and he has lived, breathed, taught and shared the beauty of our California treasures to untold numbers of students and gardeners for decades, and remains just as fascinated and enthusiastic about them today! Come learn about his favorite California native plants, why they are important to our ecology and how you can be successful with them in your own garden.

Tick-Tock, SPRING O'CLOCK!

Greetings gardenistas! Little by little, the days are getting longer, the sweet sound of birdsong outside our windows is getting louder and we've had a decent drenching to perk up our gardens and the seedlings - which can only signal one thing for us Western gardeners - SPRING IS UPON US!

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. Check out our luscious plant combos and favorite color schemes for the new season!

Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting Workshop!

Join us for a fun and fascinating Fruit Tree Pruning and Grafting Workshop with horticulturist and educator John Valenzuela of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens on Saturday, February 27 at 11 am!

An integral member of the Golden Gate chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers society and coordinator for their annual Scion Exchange, there's no one better suited to guide you into the wonderful world of fruit trees!

WHO LET THE BULBS OUT?!
Magical RARE BULBS are ready!

And now YOU can be the envy of the neighborhood with our wild and wonderful Mediterranean-climate-loving bulbs from South Africa and beyond!

We're super picky about our bulbs. Since we nurse and nurture most of them from seed, we don't release them to the public until they're well-rooted and ready for prime-time. All bulbs are in active growth in 4" pots when we ship them out (unless noted), ensuring that they're alive and thriving, ready to be planted the minute they get to your garden.

It's easy and rewarding to grow bulbs in pots, where you can control the drainage and the water (some may need a dry Summer rest), but many will live long and prosper in the open garden with little more than existing rainfall to get them by. Many will multiply to provide you with more and more beautiful blooms each successive year!

Become A Rose Expert in Just One Class!

Beloved roses are like beloved friends.

They're loyal and stalwart, never fair-weather or flighty. The best ones don't hog your resources or demand too much of your time.

So when it comes to the care and feeding of your favorite old-fashioned roses, you owe it to them to get it right!

Enter, Cristin Fusano - a rose expert with over 34 years of experience! She'll teach us the theory behind Winter rose pruning, including exactly where to cut and why, here at the nursery on Sat., January 30 at 11 am. Cristin truly knows what roses need and is generous with her knowledge. Follow her easy steps for growing strong, healthy bushes that produce beautiful blooms and vigorous canes each year.

Heaven-Scent Sweet Peas!

Ahhh, the smell of sweet success!

Visitors to our nursery are always blown away by the massive bloom-o-rama they encounter when our 8' tall Sweet Peas are in full, glorious flower come April and May. "Why don't my Sweet Peas get that big?" they ask. Well, we've got a checklist for success for you, starting with the easiest and best thing you can do: PLANT NOW! Sweet Peas are hardy annuals and planting them now in temperate climates like ours gives them plenty of time to go to town underground, growing a robust network of roots soaking up all this glorious rain!