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Join in the FALL PARTY FUN Sept. 29 & 30 10am-4pm!

It's our favorite time of year to plant AND a great time to start planning your Spring garden! We've got a huge selection of CA native wildflowers, drought tolerant perennials, hardy annuals, Winter veggies, plant-now-for-Spring-bloomers, succulents, Winter bloomers and more!

As always, we'll be celebrating with music, dancing, free snackies, gardens in Fall bloom, talks, and of course, our ever-popular SUPERMARKET SWEEP where two lucky people will win 15-MINUTES OF FREE SHOPPING each day! Bring the kids for amazing FREE face painting with Budderball The Clown and giant bubbles and stilt walking with Giant Puppets Save The World! Wheeee!

Annie's Welcomes Back Monarchs!

Let's welcome back our favorite fluttering fauna as they return to their overwintering sites along the California coast!

Join us for a fun and info-packed celebration of all things Monarch at this day-long event featuring experts, educators and enthusiasts imparting a wealth of important information for the home gardener and butterfly lover!

Learn how to plant a garden that welcomes Monarchs (best plants, best practices), where to see Monarchs overwintering in the Bay Area, learn about Monarch biology and natural history and more! Panel presenters will discuss critical issues facing Monarchs today, providing gardeners with the latest information and ample time for questions and concerns.

Discover the Power of Palms!

Learn how to make a statement with beautiful, useful palms with Jason Dewees, Sat., September 1 at 11 am!

Join us for a fascinating and fun exploration of all things palm and how to use them in Bay Area gardens with Jason Dewees, horticulturist and palm expert at SF’s Flora Grubb Gardens on Saturday, September 1 at 11 am!

We can grow some of the coolest palms in the world right here in the Bay Area, and many are easy from seed! Jason’s enthusiasm and knowledge of palms will open your eyes to their beauty, diversity and versatility in different garden styles.

Less is More Garden Design!

Small garden solutions with Author Susan Morrison on Saturday August 18 at 11 am!

Attention, space-challenged gardeners!

Have a small backyard, front yard or side yard just begging for a makeover? Landscape designer Susan Morrison, author of The Less is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard, joins us at the nursery on Saturday, August 18 at 11 am to show you how to turn a modest yard into a lush, inviting haven!

Susan will share strategies for small-space designs that incorporate some of her favorite high-performing, problem-solving Annie's plants, including the best narrow space, double duty, kid-friendly and low-water options.

Light up the Shade!

Bring brilliancy to even the darkest garden!

There's no better place to escape the Summer heat than a lush, shady garden! However, it's easy to get carried away planting ubiquitous big-leafed beauties like hostas and ferns. Hey, we get it! They create such a rich, sultry, tropical feel and they're totes easy to find in any garden center. But if all you're planting are big green plants you're in for a monotonous view! So here are a few plants to bring some much-needed color and life to your shady snatch!

Does your garden fall down in the Fall?

Lift it up with a mid-Summer planting – Annie tells you how on Saturday, August 4 at 11 am!

Here it comes folks, our prettiest, sunniest time of the year!

The kind of weather that makes you want to hang out and enjoy your lovely backyard ... oops ... did I say something wrong? Your backyard is not so lovely right now? Hey – don't dismay! It's totally EASY to get ready for a glorious Summer/Fall bloomiferous happening – just when our weather is its most congenial – from now till mid-October!

Join Annie on Saturday, August 4 at 11 am and find out how to go from zero to nifty with simple, fast preparation for Fall. Find out her favorite and best plants to put in right now PLUS, as always, she'll sneak in some very awesome, rarely available plants in the nursery now that you should totally know about. Don't miss it!

Plant a Winter Nectar Feast!

Bees and butterflies need nectar! Plant Winter bloomers NOW with Tora Rocha on Saturday, July 21 at 11 am!

Winter is Coming!

While gardeners sometimes consider Winter a period of rest in the garden, that's definitely not the case for hungry pollinators. Bees, butterflies (especially Monarchs!), other pollinators and beneficial insects need sustenance more than ever and NOW is the time to plant nectar-rich Winter bloomers!

Join Tora Rocha, tireless pollinator advocate and founder of Oakland's Pollinator Posse on Saturday, July 21 at 11 am for an enlightening discussion, Winter gardening best practices (hint: how to protect important habitat for burrowing insects by NOT cutting back grasses, etc.) and her favorite tried-and-true Winter nectar wonders. Timing is everything, and Tora will cover how to plant a succession of blooms to sync with the first winged arrivals! Don't miss it!

How To Cope with a Slope!

Strategies for gardening on hillsides with horticulturalist Ellyn Shea on Saturday, July 7 at 11 am!

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!

This Just In!

Over 100 new plants so far this year!

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!

Plant Your Own Food Forest!

Building Easy Edible Ecosystems with author Christopher Shein on Saturday June 23 at 11 am!

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.