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Tomato-mania with Brad Gates!

Our favorite farmer from Wild Boar Farms talks tomato
on Sun. May 13, DAY 2 of our Mother's Day Party!


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!

Incredible Edible Flowers!

Bring a taste of the garden indoors with Stefani Bittner – Saturday, May 12 at 11 am!


Join us for a fun and fresh exploration of all things edible with Stefani Bittnerco-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!

Mother's Day Extravaganza!

Save the Date: May 12 & 13, 10-5!

Come enjoy our sweetest and most romantic event of the year! And as our way to say "Thanks Mom", we'll give away

ONE FREE PLANT for Moms & Grandmoms*

*Valid IN THE NURSERY ONLY on May 12 & 13, 2018 on YELLOW TAG PLANTS with purchase.

We'll serve up cakes, munchies, and music. Budderball the Clown and Very Fairy Manda will be here for the little (and big) people! New and wonderful this year: Giant Puppets Save The World! And don't miss a chance to be Queen for a Day where TWO lucky winners will be treated each day to a FREE SHOPPING BONANZA!

Designing The Fire-Safe Landscape

with designer and sustainability champion Kate Frey, Saturday, April 28 at 11 am!

After the devastating fires in Northern California last year and other notable urban all fires around the world, fire-safety is something we gardeners are thinking about more and more. How do we evaluate and renovate existing landscapes or create a new garden for fire safety? What changes can we make to create a more fire-safe situation in our own gardens and neighborhoods?

Join us on Sat., April 28 at 11am as our favorite garden designer and sustainability expert Kate Frey answers those questions and more as she covers the essentials of designing a fire-safe landscape. From site analysis and creating defensible space to design, management and selecting appropriate plant varieties in fire-prone areas, Kate will cover everything you need to know to start planning your own fire-safe garden. Sure to be packed with info – and also packed! Arrive early to claim a seat and bring your questions!

Sophisticated Silver Foliage!

Fantastic contrastic plants that light up the garden!

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!

Bodacious Bouquets on Day 2 of our Spring Party!

Sunday, April 8 at 11 am with Riz Reyes!

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!

One and ONLY crops of Pacific Coast Irises are Ready!

Flashy, splashy and tough as nails!

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!

Find Garden ENLIGHTENMENT on Day 1 of our Spring Party!

Saturday, April 7 at 11 am - Annie Shows the Way!

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!

Natives to the Rescue!

Problem-solving natives for tricky garden situations with Designer Pete Veilleux on Saturday, March 17!

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!

Can't Go Wrong Combos!

Tried and True Plant Combos That'll Work Harder ThanYou Do!

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!