The Bay Area is full of hills, but don’t let the steep slope of your yard scare you away from creating a beautiful garden!
Hillsides are a challenge, whether they are dry or irrigated, sunny or shady. Join us on Saturday, July 7 at 11 am with consulting horticulturalist and certified arborist Ellyn Shea to learn strategies for gardening on slopes so you can enjoy a beautiful and productive garden without wasting water or losing soil!
Ellyn will address so many of the issues facing hillside gardeners and share her best tips and techniques for assessing your situation and exposure, irrigation best practices, design techniques, and, of course, plant selection!
We can't help ourselves! Here at Annie's we're always searching for that sweet rush you get from a new garden romance and each year we introduce about 200 new varieties hoping to find our next plant-charming. Whether they're cottage garden classics we've been dying to try, brand spanking new selections from our favorite breeders, or ultra-rare plants from the far flung corners of the globe, we're never afraid to swipe right!
So gird up your loins to meet some of our most floriferous, vigorous, rarest, and favorite new finds of 2018!
Take your organic gardening to the next level by learning the low maintenance secrets of permaculture with Christopher Shein, permaculture expert and author of the essential "Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture" on Saturday, June 23 at 11 am!
Whatever your skill level or size garden, Chris will tell you how you can build an edible ecosystem in your own backyard with the least possible expenditure of time, effort and the earth's resources. You'll learn to be choosy with crops and where to plant them in the permaculture landscape with an eye toward productivity and yield.
Timed pruning offers a revolutionary approach to fruit tree care – and now is the time to Summer prune to keep trees small and easy. Join expert Ann Ralph THIS SATURDAY, June 9 at 11 am to learn all the basics: from the simple logic of pruning and how to prune for short stature to easy harvest, seasonal routines, and pest and disease control.
Ann's wonderful book "Grow A Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small Space, Easy Harvest Fruit Trees" is packed with practical advice on selecting varities, easy pruning plans and simple maintenance guidelines.Bring your questions and join us for a book signing after the talk!
As the season slowly shifts to sunny Summer, we find ourselves unceremoniously ripping out our Spring annuals (so floriferous, they've been blooming their heads off since March) and replanting our demonstration gardens with big-bang-for-the-bloom Summer-to-Fall favorites that promise to evoke ooohs and aaahs from our visitors come June all the way to September (and beyond!).
With longer days affording a few more precious minutes in the garden, you'll find yourself out enjoying the buzzing bees and cutting bouquets in your own Summer paradise ... that is IF you get a move on and plant some simple Summer season extenders soon!
Increase your garden karma by creating a sanctuary for butterflies and other pollinators.
Join us and our favorite butterfly and pollinator advocate Tora Rocha at our 2nd Annual BUTTERFLY SUMMIT on Saturday, May 26 at 1 pm!
The founder and fearless leader of Oakland's Pollinator Posse, a volunteer group that creates "pollinator corridors" in and around Oakland, Tora will share the gardening equivalent of pollinator "best practices" – the whys and hows of providing food, cover and water for our local fauna – and how sometimes subtle (and not-so-subtle!) changes in how we garden can make a big impact on the birds, bees, butterflies and insects around us. Plus, she'll share some of her favorite butterfly-sustaining nectar and host plants!
We welcome back butterfly expert Dr. Arthur Shapiro – professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis, to our 2nd Annual BUTTERFLY SUMMIT on Saturday, May 26 at 11 am!
There's a lot of hype out there about the state of butterflies in California: Are the headlines about the Monarch being “endangered” true? Are insect faunas in free fall (as reported in Germany)? What are the relative impacts on butterflies of climate change, land use change, introduced species, and pesticides?
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 2nd annual Butterfly Summit on Saturday, May 26 from 10 am to 4 pm at the nursery! Last year's Summit was such a fantastic meeting of the minds that we're ready to do it again!
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.
Is there anything so delicious as a tomato,
fresh-picked from the vine?
No watery hothouse-grown grocery-store tomato could ever hope to compare to the sweet, bold, earthy, rich taste of a homegrown beauty. And here to tell you all about how to grow the BEST, most PERFECT tomatoes is our favorite tomato whisperer - Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms – on Sunday, May 13, Day 2 of our Mother's Day Celebration!
Brad has spent the last decade perfecting the art of breeding and growing outrageous tomatoes at his organic farm in Suisun Valley. Using heirloom genetics as a foundation, he's tested, trialed and introduced myriad new varieties with extreme flavor featuring bright stripes and beautiful bi-colors. Join us for a big selection of all of our favorite tomatoes, plus a few of Brad's latest offerings!
Join us for a fun and fresh exploration of all things edible with Stefani Bittner, co-owner of Bay Area landscape design firm Homestead Design Collective and author of the fab book "Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using Extraordinary Garden Plants” on Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 am – Day 1 of our MOTHER'S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA!
Many of us recognize the tasty blooms of Nasturtium, Borage and Calendula, but Stefani is here to help us expand our palettes! Did you know that you can eat the flowers of Agastache, "Bachelor Buttons" and Campanulas, too? Oh, and that's not all! She'll tell us how to add floral pizazz to a variety of dishes, desserts and cocktails - and give us a taste of a few of her favorites! Bring your questions and join us for a fun day of party hijinks!