You wouldn't think one of the most sought-after plants in the nursery would be a Basil but this ain't no ordinary Basil! Lush purple-black foliage topped with zillions of 8" violet blooms make Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic' a stunning gardenworthy ornamental (to 18" tall x 24" wide), with the added benefit of being edible and delicious. We think its fruity, never-bitter flavor is similar to Thai Basil and we're happy to say that our first crop of the year is ready!
Come learn how your gardening practices can help the plight of Monarch butterflies with Angela Laws, Monarch Ecologist with Xerces Society and Mia Monroe, Xerces Society volunteer at our 3rd ANNUAL BUTTERFLY SUMMIT on Saturday, April 27 at 1pm! Come early for even more talks, info tables and to see live caterpillars and butterflies in action!
We are excited to welcome back butterfly expert Dr. Art Shapiro – professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis to our 3rd Annual BUTTERFLY SUMMIT on Saturday, April 27 at 11 am!
Dr. Shapiro will share his thoughts on the "insect apocalypse" happening around the globe – and the state of insects and butterflies in Northern California. What are the relative impacts on butterflies of climate change, land use change, introduced species, and pesticides? Dr. Shapiro is here to help sort fact from fiction AND help us mobilize into achievable action!
We are thrilled to announce our 3rd Annual Butterfly Summit on Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm at the nursery! 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.
Even though it's juuuust beginning to feel like Spring around here, we're already thinking ahead to our transitional mid to late-Spring/early Summer gardens. It's so easy and fun to get swept up in the hullabaloo of sunshine and birdsong after a long Winter, but we gardeners always have to be one step ahead of the seasons if we want to keep the blooms coming!
Well then, friends, do we have a treat for you! Don Mahoney, curator emeritus for the San Francisco Botanical Garden and a long-time Annie's friend, shopper and supporter, joins us on Saturday, April 6 at 11 am for a fun and informative talk on a subject near and dear to his heart – bird, bee and butterfly gardening!
If we had to share the ONE plant combo that, year after year, never fails to inspire and delight us and our visitors, surely it must be this sweetest of Springtime plantings. First featured in our inaugural catalog in 2006 (!), we continue to fill our demonstration beds and sample pots with this easy and rewarding, long-blooming mix of California native and Mediterranean wildflowers.
Quintessential thriller and spiller, Nemophila menziesii "Baby Blue Eyes" is the backbone of so many of our Spring gardens. As a cool season annual, it blooms its heart out for months – from earliest Spring until the weather heats up. The last crops roll out in late April (and it won't be available again until Fall!), so now is the time to plant if you want to enjoy its effervescent cheer for as long as possible!
We love a good party and we'll be dancing the day away with our go-go dancers, noshing on FREE munchies, getting our faces painted by the amazing Budderball the Clown and listening to fun and info-packed talks on bird, butterfly and bee gardening by Don Mahoney, curator emeritus at San Francisco Botanical Garden and Gardening 101 by Annie!
Come meet the enormous handcrafted menagerie of Monarchs, hummingbirds and more with puppeteer and stilt-walker, Toni Tone and Giant Puppets Save The World!
In this gloriously glowing garden, Thomas is in excellent company: righteous red Papaver sp. "Greek Poppy" and showy orange Cheiranthus x allionii provide contrast and sparkle, while sunny CA native wildflower Layia platyglossa "Tidy Tips" complements the yellow "banners" of the Lupine. Sprinkle in frothy white self-sowing Omphalodes linifolia “Venus’ Navelwort” (front right) here and there and voila! Magic!
Create a dreamy wonderland with four of our tried-est and true-est Springtime (and beyond!) bloomers – Agrostemma 'Milas', Nicotiana alata 'Lime Green', Scabiosa caucasica 'Fama Blue' and Eschscholzia californica 'Rose Chiffon'. Together they form the backbone of many a Springtime garden past because they reliably blm long and prosper, and never disappoint! Plant them now with our favorite bubbly edger and CA native Nemophila menziesii "Baby Blue Eyes" for pastel perfection!