Here at Annie's, we grow crops for over 2000 varieties of plants – every year! That means over a million plants start their little baby lives in our greenhouses to go forth and brighten gardens all over the U.S. from our 2.5-acre nursery in Richmond, CA!
Which is a really long-winded way to say we need more space! So, after years of service, we are giving some of our most stalwart, long-time favorite plants a well-deserved retirement party to make way for the many new and exciting offerings to come in 2018!
Oh! How we love plants! We swoon over their beautiful blossoms, admire their shiny, felty or prickly foliage and gobble up their delicious fruits. But what about the parts we can't see? They may be the most important part of all! We're talking about ROOTS of course, and organic farmer Anders Olson is coming to the nursery on Saturday, October 14 at 11 am to give us a tour of the secret gardens under our soil.
Fall and Winter is the perfect time to boost the fertility and microbiota of your garden soil – resulting in a more verdant and successful garden come Spring! Join Anders as he shares enlightening and useful tips on nutrient cycling, cover cropping and mulching. He'll also explore the wonderfully wiggly world of vermiculture – or earthworm composting! Truly fascinating and a must-hear for any gardener. As always, bring your questions!
Here in the West, drought resistance is now a normal part of our gardening vocabulary – yet have we considered this term from a plant’s point of view? Join Kate as she breaks down a plant’s make-up and physical environment that enables it to resist drought, as well as what we can we do in our own gardens to aid its ability to withstand it.
Just say NO to Witch’s Shoelaces, Hen's bane, Sneezewort, Bindweed and Cow Itch!
You gotta hand it to lowly weeds - they're some of the toughest, most persistent, drought tolerant and deer resistant plants around! They can find a way to thrive in the most neglected corners of the garden where most other plants wouldn't dare dream of growing. Plus, weeds are SNEAKY. They are masters of infiltrating the perimeter and taking off in a flash - racing to re-seed before you even know they're there!
Come learn how to vanquish these unwelcome intruders (especially after last year's wet and weed-inducing Winter!) with Bethallyn Black, Saturday, September 16 at 11 am! An expert in the fine art of weed exclusion, Bethallyn will tell you how you can prepare weed-free planting beds using easy and effective organic controls. She'll help you identify annual and perennial weeds, Summer and Winter weeds, and share a little about weed history.
Drop dead gorgeous dry gardens!
Join us Saturday, September 2 at 11 am for a fun and inspiring session with the ever-engaging Bart O'Brien, Director of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park and co-author of the truly excellent books Reimagining the California Lawn and California Native Plants for the Garden.
Bart is an encyclopedia of the BEST CA natives for Bay Area gardens. Not only does he know (and love!) them like the back of his hand, he can tell you how best to pair them for maximum beauty and dramatic effect, whether it's in containers on a balcony or gardens, small or large.
Exciting News Dry Garden Denizens!
Thanks to the guidance of Aloe whisperer and all-around-great-guy Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, we have mastered the mysteries of Aloe germination and have seven supremely special and unusual Aloes to offer! Quantities are limited, grab one while you can!
Packing a focal pointy punch wherever you need a bit of drama, there's room for a well-placed Aloe or two in almost every garden. Long-lived and architectural – they couldn't be easier to grow AND drought, heat and deer don't bother them. Many are just as happy in an appropriately sized container as in the ground and the hummingbirds think they're as keen as we do!
ANNUALS for ALL!
EASY and FAST, cheerful and bright, annuals are the glue that holds all of our gardens together here at Annie's. In fact, we can't even imagine our gardens without them!
Annuals were the first plants Annie grew on her apartment roof when she launched "Annie's Annuals" nearly 30 years ago and they have remained dear to her (and our!) heart ever since. Since then, we've opened our arms to growing all manner of perennials, bulbs, trees, veggies, herbs, grasses and everything else under the horticultural sun. But truth be told, annuals will always remain our first love.
Do you know someone
who murders plants?
Let's face it, we've allllll accidentally under-watered, over-watered, under-nourished, over-loved, neglected or otherwise sent one plant or another to that great, big nursery in the sky. It's okay - gardening is a learning process. You can read and research all you like, but there's nothing like experience to give you the first-hand knowledge that's a hallmark of a seasoned gardener.
If you're looking for something easy-to-grow and hard-to-kill, or perhaps you're just too busy to overly dote on plants but still want to come home to a lush and bloomiferous garden at the end of the day. Well, gardening friends, have we got some plants for you!
Join us for the third installment of our popular garden photography workshop on Saturday, July 22 at 11 am with Saxon Holt, one of the most respected and talented photographers in the garden world.
This year, Saxon will be focusing on photographing flowers in conjunction with the release of his new e-book "The Photobotanic Guide to Photographing Roses". Whether you shoot with a mega-pixel SLR or a smartphone, you'll get insight and tools you can use right away to take your garden photography to the next level. Read Saxon's latest blog post for a quick tip that can instantly improve your photos before even pressing the shutter.
Valued for their long-lasting vibrant blooms, stalwart nature and imperviousness to drought, deer, bugs and heat, "Giant Hyssops" offer a smorgasbord of sustenance for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Hey, that's great! But there's more! You can make teas, jellies and sachets from their fragrant, minty foliage and brighten a room with their long-lasting cut flowers. No wonder they're adored by gardeners far and wide – with several varieties hardy to USDA zones 4-6, almost everyone can grow them – especially as they make stunning Summer annuals where they're not hardy.
Gardener tip! Agastache like well-drained soil and full sun. They'll live longer and be happier the less you baby them, so low to average water and average to lean soil is best, no clay please! If you plan on growing them as annuals or short-lived perennials, go ahead and indulge them with fertile soil and frequent waterings, they'll grow extra big and lush – a good option for colder climate gardeners!