2017 Talks

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

2017 Talks

   
Date Speaker
SATURDAY
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.
SATURDAY
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!
SATURDAY
February 25
11 am
“The Importance of Being Local, For Design and Habitat” with Judith Lowry Larner of Larner SeedsAs author and owner of Larner Seeds, Larner has championed native plants in the landscape for 40 years. Come learn the reasons to use locally native plants in the habitat garden, from the perspectives of the purist, the bees, and the designer.
SATURDAY
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!
SATURDAY
March 25
11 am
Butterfly Summit with Tora Rocha, Mia Monroe and Friends! Mia, Site Supervisor of Muir Woods at Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Xerces Society volunteer and Tora, Park Supervisor for the Oakland Public Works Department and founder of the Pollinator Posse — will tell us how to bring the magic of monarchs into our lives, as well as how to help this beautiful butterfly have a better future! Together, they’ll share monarch mysteries of metamorphosis, migration and the meta-importance of Milkweed! 
SPRING PARTY! SATURDAY
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.

SPRING PARTY! SUNDAY
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.
SATURDAY
April 29
11 am

TBA

MOTHER’S DAY PARTY SATURDAY
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.”
MOTHER’S DAY PARTY SATURDAY
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!
SATURDAY
May 27

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!
SATURDAY
June 10
11 am
TBA
SATURDAY
June 24
11am
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.
SATURDAY
July 8
11 am
TBA
SATURDAY
July 22
TBA
SATURDAY
August 5
11 am
TBA
SATURDAY
August 19
11 am
TBA
SATURDAY
September 2
11 am
TBA
SATURDAY
September 16
11 am
 
Author and Landscape Designer Sarah Sutton – talk details to come.
FALL PARTY SATURDAY
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.  
FALL PARTY SATURDAY
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
TBA
SATURDAY
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!

   

7 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.

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