As gardeners, we all love flowers – riotous, rewarding, ravishing blooms in every shade of the rainbow, brightening the garden and bringing in the bees and other pollinators. But a well-balanced and interesting garden does not thrive on blooms alone! Glorious gardens need texture, verticality and contrast – something that our collection of sensual silver-foliaged plants can provide in spades, whether it's providing a cool-toned foil to hot colors like red and yellows, complimenting blues, yellows or pinks or capturing the eye in a sea of green foliage.
Bonus! Most silver-foliaged and fuzzy-leaved plants are by nature drought tolerant and deer and bug resistant! They're tough and adaptable, fuzzy and pettable, low maintenance and USEFUL – just give them all good drainage and average/low water and you'll be rewarded with a glowing display that makes your garden shine!
Seattle based horticulturist and floral enthusiast Riz Reyes joins us for a Spring celebration of flowers on Sunday, April 8 at 11 am on DAY 2 of our SPRING PARTY! Learn to make bodacious bouquets for any occasion using simple, hand-tied techniques used by top wedding florists to take what’s blooming in your garden and transforming it into a gorgeous display you won’t soon forget!
We'll be celebrating SPRINGTIME all weekend – with dancing, FREE munchies, fantastic facepainting by the amazing Budderball the Clown and listening to some really fun and info-packed talks! New and wonderful this year: Giant Puppets Save The World! Come meet the handcrafted menagerie of Monarchs, hummingbirds and more with puppeteer Toni Tone!
Every year, right around this time, our beautiful Pacific Coast Irises start unfurling their luscious jewel-toned petals to the dizzying delight of all who encounter them. EVERYONE wants one!
Highly prized for their outrageous 4-5" blooms in a rainbow of colors, these hybrids can take just about anything you throw at them: shade, drought and deer don't faze them! Perfect for under oaks or in low-water gardens, these evergreen sweethearts are a superb way to spruce up that dry, shady patch. Super low-maintenance, they technically need NO SUMMER WATER once established, but will benefit from a monthly splash and will look best with a bit of clean up in the Fall. After a couple of years, your Iris fortunes will multiply and you can divide them for free plants!
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 Saturday April 7 at 11 am - DAY 1 of our SPRING PARTY!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!