2017 Talks

Our talks are held at the nursery in our demonstration gardens and are always FREE! Join us!

2017 Talks

Date Speaker
January 28
11 am
Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery – Choosing and Growing Delicious Fruit! Hooray for bare root fruit tree season! Learn all the secrets to harvesting fresh fruit in limited spaces throughout the season with backyard orchard culture techniques.  Phil will discuss the multitude of options available to have your very own fruit tree orchard in any size yard.  January is the perfect time to get those fruit trees planted, so bring all your questions and get your orchard off to a great start no matter how big or small.
February 11
11 am
Make room for the Shroom! Come on out for a totally free workshop led by permaculture expert and mushroom maven Theresa Halula. Learn how to safely grow your own super tasty mushrooms in your own backyard in this hands-on, info-packed workshop!
February 25
11 am
Gardening 101 with Annie! Want to plant a garden from scratch but don’t know where to start? Every gardener has to start somewhere – and the road to gardening enlightenment can be overwhelming, confusing and intimidating! Prepare to get the straight dope on how to garden like a pro from our own gardener-in-chief – Annie herself!
March 11
11 am
Ed Laivo of Four Winds Growers – Citrus Talk! Do not let delicious citrus elude you! Join us for an info-packed session on how to get the best flavor and yield from your backyard orchard! Ed will share his wealth of knowledge, offer do’s and don’ts and answer all of your burning questions about selecting, planting, growing and caring for garden citrus – so bring your questions!
March 25
10 am-3 pm
Annie’s is thrilled to announce its first ever Let’s Wing It Butterfly Summit on Saturday, March 25 from 10 am to 3 pm! Join us and several of the Bay Area’s most devoted butterfly experts to find out what you can do to garden for butterflies, create butterfly corridors and preserve habitat! Free and open to all ages!
10 am: Bring the kids to see our caterpillars and adult butterflies, talk with our experts and share your experiences!
11 am-1:00:  Panel presentation and discussion. Speakers include:
Mia Monroe, Facilitator, Xerces Society volunteer and coordinator of the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count.
Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse at the Gardens at Lake Merritt.
Barbara Deutsch of the North American Butterfly Association will discuss the future for Pipevine Swallowtails.
Amber Hasselbring, Executive Director of SF Nature in the City, shares the work her group is doing for Green Hairstreak corridors in SF neighborhoods.
Andy Liu, Landscape Architect specializing in butterfly habitat, explains why his neighborhood is alive with Swallowtails, Gulf Fritillaries and other winged wonders.
Sal Levinson, author, entomologist and gifted speaker on butterfly habitats.
Suzanne Clarke, Master Gardener will share her secrets on how to create an irresistible butterfly garden.
2-3 pm: Stop by one of our regional info tables to learn more about what you can do to help re-establish butterfly populations throughout the greater SF Bay Area.
April 8
11 am

Every garden—not just vegetable plots—can produce a bountiful harvest. Join Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis, authors of the new book “Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using Extraordinary Garden Plants”, as they demonstrate their favorite projects from the book using many of Annie’s plants. Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit. Turn turmeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.

April 9
11 am

Add Drama to your Dry Garden – Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden: Join Sunset Magazine’s Johanna Silver, author of the brand new book on Ruth Bancroft and her amazing garden in Walnut Creek, “The Bold Dry Garden”, Johanna will share some of the incredible design principles and plant palettes that make the garden unique, as well as give gardeners the advice and inspiration they need to create lush, low-water landscapes.
April 29
11 am

Plants to dye for – literally! Sasha Duerr, alchemist, founder of the Permacouture Institute and author of the wonderful new plant dye book “Natural Color”, returns by popular demand to  share a wealth of local and seasonal plants (as well as weeds and waste from your garden!) that make gorgeous natural plant dyes. Fun demos and easy-to-follow projects will appeal to novice and experienced dye-enthusiasts alike. Books for sale and an author signing after the talk.

May 13
11 am
Come learn everything you need to know to grow the perfect tomato! Brad Gates, intrepid tomato breeder of Wild Boar Farms talks about his magnificent tomatoes! Brad has been breeding tomatoes from heirloom stock in an effort to create the most outrageous tomatoes in the world! Diverse, colorful and flavorful, Alice Waters calls them “tomatoes you will never forget.”
May 14
11 am
 Kate Frey – Bee Friendly Gardens. We are thrilled to have garden designer, writer and sustainability goddess Kate Frey back to the nursery to talk about her new book “The Bee Friendly Garden”. Learn to design your own flower filled oasis that nurtures bees and supports biodiversity!
May 27

11 am
Julie Chai, editor of the fantastic new essential cut flower book, “Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden” will share her expertise on designing a cut flower garden that works for you – and pulling together a seasonal plant palette that will have you swimming in sumptuous, colorful blooms all year long! 
June 10
11 am
Join Garden designer and CA natives expert Pete Veilleux for a super fun and info-packed talk about The Fab Four for Fighting the Summer Doldrums: Buckwheats, Manzanitas, Ceanothus and Sages! These four groups of California native plants provide a wealth of drought-tolerant variety to your garden. Get to know a few of them and you’ll have flower color and habitat all year. Buckwheat and sage species can be annuals, perennials or subshrubs, while Ceanothus and manzanitas are typically groundcovers, shrubs or small trees. Come hear about a few of the speaker’s favorite members of these families. It’ll be SO hard to choose just a few!
June 24
Join us for a fascinating and fun Fruit Tree Pruning and Grafting Workshop with horticulturist and educator John Valenzuela of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens! Learn how to prune and train fruit trees for balance and structure, size and access and of course, flowering and fruitfulness! John will cover basic tree anatomy, pests and disease control, how trees grow and react to damage in nature, as well as to careful pruning cuts. As a bonus, he’ll introduce the “magic” of grafting or growing two plants in one, with some technical details and a demonstration.
July 8
11 am
Sarah Sutton, Landscape Architect and author of “The New American Front Yard: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye” returns to talk about one of her favorite topics – healing herbs in the garden. Learn tips and techniques for growing, harvesting and utilizing various popular garden herbs, and even common garden weeds, in your herbal medicine chest.  Hands-on demonstrations and recipes included!
July 22
Join Professional Garden Photographer Saxon Holt for this mini-workshop on photographing flowers! Budding photographers are invited to bring their cameras to learn his techniques of the trade – including finding backgrounds that work for macro, combining shapes and flower combinations and shooting in bright light! Incredible fun that you’d normally pay big bucks for!
August 5
11 am
Rediscovering Annuals for the Garden and Vase with Riz Reyes! Join us as we welcome Seattle-based horticulturist and floral designer, Riz Reyes, as he rediscovers his love for annuals (having been trained to limit and even avoid their use in garden design). He will share his “A through Z” of favorites, how he uses them in the garden and in containers and, should he be inspired, he may demonstrate and throw together an arrangement for one lucky audience member to take home!
August 19
11 am
September 2
11 am 
FALL in Love with Natives! Join us for a timely and inspiring discussion about the BEST California native plants for Bay Area gardens with the engaging Bart O’Brien, Director of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park, and co-author of the excellent books  Reimagining the California Lawn  and California Native Plants for the Garden. Bart will discuss the benefits of planting natives in Fall, as well as a few of his favorite essential native plants!
September 16
11 am
The noxious, novel and nasty: Weed control in Bay Area Gardens, with Bethallyn Black, Professor of Horticulture, Diablo Valley College! Bethallyn is an expert in the fine art of weed exclusion and 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. Bring your questions and your own weeds for identification after the talk!
September 30
11 am
The Drought Resistant Garden with Kate Frey. Join Kate as she thinks about drought from the plant’s perspective. Drought resistance is now a normal part of our gardening vocabulary – yet have we considered this term from a plant’s point of view? Kate will discuss the factors of a plant’s make-up and physical environment that enable it to resist drought, as well as what we can we do in our gardens to aid their ability to withstand it. Kate distills this complex concept into easy practical approaches to selecting the correct plants for your garden, developing healthy soils, and selecting and installing a straight forward drip irrigation system.  
October 1
11 am
Your Spectacular Spring Garden Starts … NOW! Annie Shows You How! Want to know what we do here at the nursery to get our gardens in tip-top shape for maximum magic come April? Want to know what to plant right now? How about a preview of some of the newest and neatest plants we’ve trialed this year? Be here and behold – Annie is gonna share all that good stuff!
October 14
11 am
Build Your Soil with organic farmer Anders Olsen! Take a fascinating look at the micro-organisms in your soil! Fall is the perfect time to improve the fertility and microbiota of your garden soil – join Anders for an in-depth discussion on soil nutrient cycling, cover cropping, mulching and vermiculture, including perspectives on urban gardening and soil pollution.
October 28
11 am 

John Valenzuela of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens on Food Forests! A food forest is a low-maintenance gardening system that incorporates perennial food-producing plants like berries, nuts and tubers between and under the canopy of trees. Come learn how to grow your own food forest with our local expert, including how to select plants that attract beneficial insects and build healthy soil. Before you know it, your little forest will become a self-organized system that provides its own pollination, pest management, and soil health!


12 Responses to “2017 Talks”

  1. Wendy Foster February 14, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    Dear Annie, I cannot find your email to tell you HOW FABULOUS your catalog is. It arrived this evening! I had a big work day, getting together for a month”s buying trip for my store. Exhausted, I came home, and I am on top of the world with my catalog. You do The Most Beautiful job!

    Thank YOU!
    Wendy Foster

    • anniesannuals February 15, 2012 at 12:31 am #

      Wendy – you just made our day!!! Thank you so much and enjoy!!

  2. Ernie Wasson July 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi Annie, I must admit I’m an Umbelite (meaning I love umbel flowers) as I know you are too.! The Cenolophium denudatum I got from you last year is just truely amazing. It has been blooming for months plus I love the finely cut foliage too! All the Angelicas have been wonderful too. Right now my Angelica stricta purpurea is in full bloom with Nicotiana mutabilis wrapped all around it. Thanks so much for growing such wonderful plants. Your plants are thriving in Dunsmuir! – Ernie 🙂

  3. Toni Dattwyler February 16, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    How can I tell if a flower is a host or nector plant for butterflies? Could you have a section for butterfly plants?

    • anniesannuals March 4, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

      hi toni: thanks for your comment. we do have a list of butterfly plants on our website. you can check it out HERE.

  4. Aixa Maria Gannon June 6, 2016 at 5:49 am #

    Sara Leon Guerrero’s talk on native bees was fabulous. Thank you so much for offering this great talk.

  5. Meredith December 31, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    When are your 2017 talks?

    • anniesannuals February 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

      hi meredith – the 2017 talks are updated now!

  6. Chris February 5, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    Any chance there will be a talk this year from Tellur Fenner of Blue Wind School of Botanical Studies?

    • anniesannuals February 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

      hi chris – i’ve actually been in touch and am trying to book him! check back soon for updates.

      • Chris February 16, 2017 at 7:41 am #



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